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About The Confessions of Saint Augustine by St. Augustine, Translated by. Edward B. Pusey, D. D.. The Confessions of Saint Augustine. Title. that, first and last, Augustine found the focus of his religious authority. At the same time, it was this .. The Confessions of Saint Augustine. BOOK ONE. In God's. Google is proud to partner with libraries to digitize public domain materials and make them widely accessible. Public domain books belong to the public and we .

It includes the account of his teaching at Tagaste, his taking a mistress, the attractions of astrology, the poignant loss of a friend which leads to a searching analysis of grief and transience. He reports on his first book, De pulchro et apto, and his introduction to Aristotle's Categories and other books of philosophy and theology, which he mastered with great ease and little profit. During this period of nine years, from my nineteenth year to my twenty-eighth, I went astray and led others astray. I was deceived and deceived others, in varied lustful projects -- sometimes publicly, by the teaching of what men style "the liberal arts"; sometimes secretly, under the false guise of religion. In the one, I was proud of myself; in the other, superstitious; in all, vain!

Wills offers an iconoclastic interpretation of a classic work, one that deserves a fresh treatment every few years. Curley, Library Journal "Like a biography of a person, this volume takes Augustine's Confessions and traces its birth, growth and decline, and legacy.

Since so much of an author's life is connected to his or her work--especially in the case of Confessions--this can't help but include a decent amount of Augustine's own bio. Very readable and highly engaging. Augustine is always going to matter to the Western tradition, atheist or religious, for his insights into the human psyche, and his thoughts on memory and the elusiveness of time. Wills, by stripping away centuries of myth-making, makes him more accessible than ever. It is not a biography of Augustine, there are enough of those; it is not another translation of his Confessions, there are enough of those as well.

What this is, and what it attempts to be, is a biography of Augustine's Confessions. And what a story it is. With a deft touch, and in non-technical language, Wills' introductory book not only relays these ideas to the widest possible readership--but also communicates a sensitive understanding of the original context in which the Confessions were written and of Augustine's intentions in writing them.

He traces its trajectory from first appearance at the end of the 4th century AD until our time, and discusses the ideas contained within it. The result is readable and illuminating, and it sent this reader to Google and site in search of more. If we follow Wills' instructions we will discover new riches in St.

Augustine's seminal classic, The Confessions. This is a very helpful guide to the Confessions that makes the great spiritual classic accessible to a new generation of readers. Wills' book is not only scholarly, but it makes good spiritual reading. It is highly recommended, not just for the regular reader, but for students of Augustine looking for a fresh take on this great book.

Every indication is that she was a Christian from her youth.

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Of her ancestry there is no record. Her marriage to Patricius. That age was twelve years. In Graeco- Roman custom there was often a great difference in age between men and women at marriage, the husband often being some fifteen to twenty years older Zaidman ; and the respective years of death for Monica and her husband would bear this commonplace out.

Monica had three children who survived infancy: sons Augustine and Navigius and daughter Perpetua. Unable to secure baptism for them, she grieved heavily when Augustine fell ill. In her distress she asked Patricius to allow Augustine to be baptized; he agreed, then withdrew this consent when the boy recovered.

Other relatives: Lastidianus and Rusticus. Both uneducated, they were present at Cassiaciacum for De beata vita. We do not learn the names of any of Augustine's grandparents, nor of both his two sisters, nor of his mistresses, but only that he had at least one brother, Navigius and but one son, Adeodatus.

Navigius, the only-known brother of Augustine, was born to the union c. Most of what is known of these siblings is derived from the Vita Augustini PL Geerlings, DECL ; cf. OEEC He knew Augustine for most of his life, and was his steady friend for many years. He shared with Augustine the same errors of youth, the same conversion, the same community life and similar duties as a priest and bishop.

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He was as eager as Augustine in searching for wisdom. Augustine was his teacher in Carthage. Alypius moved on to Rome, and was a lawyer when they met again in Rome during the year As a lawyer, he was a person of integrity and courage, and was scrupulously honest. But Alypius had a weakness for the circus games, which he gave up immediately after a rebuke from Augustine. The influence of Alypius discouraged Augustine from marriage, as Alypius held that marriage would interfere with the opportunity for Augustine to talk about and to search for wisdom with his friends.

It turned out that Augustine ended up making Alypius curious about marriage himself, although he did not take the step. Confessions 6, 12 Augustine described Alypius as a religious person with a great sense of justice. In Milan Alypius was drawn in by the public spectacles that featured gladiators, although this was against his better judgment. He was mistakenly accused of a crime he did not commit, and was supported by a witness to his good character, and the matter was halted.

Alypius earned his reputation for integrity as a junior lawyer by resisting the bribes and threats of a powerful senator. As told by Augustine in the Confessions, after he read Romans from the Epistles of Paul, Alypius took the manuscript from him, and read on further himself to the sentence that advised the weak in faith to accept Christ.

That sentence led Alypius immediately to make a similar conversion decision. Both men were then on Easter Sunday baptized together in Milan by the bishop, Ambrose. In August Alypius was in the company of Augustine, Monica, Adeodatus the son of Augustine , Navigius the brother of Augustine and Evodius a North African companion when they travelled to the port of Ostia with the intention of sailing back to North Africa to establish a lay community at Thagaste.

Alypius was thus present at the sudden death of Monica at Ostia. A year later, Alypius and Augustine lived a community life at Tagaste from late to The community ended when Augustine was unexpectedly pressed into priesthood at Hippo. Alypius also became a priest.

Some time before Augustine became a bishop at Hippo in his own right in the year , Alypius was made bishop of Tagaste. He remained there until his death in about the year Some scholars estimate that he died a month before Augustine did. Alypius and Nebridius most probably were the two closest friends that Augustine had throughout most of his life. Augustine, and probably of about the same age, described by him as very good and of a very cautious disposition.

While Augustine was at Carthage under the influence of Manichean doctrine, it was partly through Nebridius and Vindicianus that he was induced to give up his belief in astrology, or, as it was then called, mathematics. Nebridius had already abandoned Manicheism and delivered lectures against it, a. When Augustine removed from Rome to Milan as a lecturer in rhetoric, a. By and by Nebridius undertook to assist Verecundus in his grammar lectures at his earnest request and that of Augustine.

This duty he performed with great care and discretion ib. Soon after Nebridius appears to have taken up the notion of the Docetae, that our Lord took human nature not in reality but only in outward appearance, an error which, after a period of unknown length, he recanted. Soon after the conversion of Augustine he died, a true Catholic, having induced his household to join him in the change.

Though a much-loved friend, Nebridius was a troublesome correspondent, most persevering in his inquiries, which were sometimes very difficult to answer, and not satisfied with brief replies or always ready to make allowance for his friend's occupations Aug. Of the 12 letters which remain of their correspondence, two only are addressed by Nebridius to Augustine.

Those of Augustine are very long, chiefly on metaphysical subjects of extreme subtlety. His teenage son was at Cassiciacum: Licentius, a poet, with a relative, Trygetius, also a teenager, studying history.

Ambrosius One of the great leaders and teachers of the Western Church; b. He was educated in Rome for the bar, and about was appointed consular prefect for Upper Italy and took up his residence at Milan.

Ambrose, as the first magistrate, repaired to the church to maintain order and was himself by unanimous vote transferred from his official position to the episcopal chair. He was as yet only a catechumen, but he was immediately baptized, and, eight days afterward Dec. As a leader of the Church Ambrose distinguished himself by his support of the orthodox faith.

In he succeeded in establishing an orthodox bishop at Sirmium in spite of the efforts of the Arian empress Justina.

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In he refused to deliver up a basilica in Milan to the empress for Arian worship. These contests with Arianism he has reported himself in his letters to his sister Marcellina Epist. Also with the Roman monk Jovinian he had a sharp controversy Epist. Ambrose opposed paganism no less zealously than heresy. In the senate hall at Rome stood an altar to Victory on which all oaths were taken. In Gratian had this altar removed, probably at the instigation of Ambrose.

The senate, which favored the old religion, made repeated efforts to have the altar restored, under Gratian, Valentinian II. On the other hand, he held that the State, though it might interfere with paganism, must not interfere with the Church. In the Christians burned a synagogue at Callinicum in Mesopotamia and Theodosius ordered that it be rebuilt at the expense of the bishop of the place, but Ambrose induced the emperor to recall the order. In the people of Thessalonica during a riot murdered the military governor, and Theodosius retaliated with a fearful massacre; Ambrose rebuked the emperor and counseled him to do public penance Epist.

As a teacher of the Church Ambrose concerned himself more with practical and ethical than with metaphysical questions. Among his moral and ascetic works are De officiis ministrorum modeled upon Cicero , De virginibus, De viduis, De virginitate, etc. Ambrose introduced a comprehensive reform in Church music Ambrosian Chant ; and a liturgy long used in the diocese of Milan is associated with his name by tradition.

Of the hymns ascribed to him not more than four or five are genuine, and the Te Deum is not in this number see Te Deum. His extant works also include ninety-one letters. Ambrose was buried in the Ambrosian basilica at Milan near the martyrs Gervasius and Protasius. In the ninth century Archbishop Angilbert II. Theodorus had retired ca. This friend was not pleased with the growing interest of Augustine in the Christian religion because he feared that it would diminish their friendship.

Although the wife of Verecundus was a Christian, the man himself was not. In fact, he was baptized only much later in Rome at the end of his life. He had been ready to fund a philosophical commune back in Africa. Augustine criticizes him as puffed up with pride Conf. Also Retract. De ordine is addressed to him.

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Converted to Christianity. At home in Thagaste from Madaura, while Patricius collects money for Carthage. The pear-tree incident. University studies. Takes a common law wife. Adeodatus conceived ca.

June or June of March [IX, 6] [Brown: ? Book Five will begin with the fifth year, Teaches rhetoric at Thagaste. Alypius listens to his lectures. Returns to Carthage. Alypius leaves for Rome ahead of Augustine. Attracted to Neo-Platonists. August: appointed professor in Milan, goes with Alypius [VI, 10].

Hears Ambrose and finally leaves Manichees definitively [V, 14].

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Dismisses his common law wife [of ]. Augustine plans a marriage two years hence [to a very young girl], takes a mistress. Late July [Brown, ]: Visits Simplicianus.

September: retires to Cassiciacum. Three weeks post conversion [ch. March: return to Milan. Adeodatus just turned April Baptized. Writes De immortalitate animae. Ostia vision [IX, 10]. Death of Monnica.

Goes back to Rome. De quantitate animae, De libero arbitrio, I De moribus It may have been the Portian Basilica, which McLynn hypothetically identifies with San Lorenzo if built in 4th century.

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April Easter Sunday June first weeks of earliest possible arrival of Monnica. She consults Ambrose about fasting; Augustine recoils at Ambrose imposing a decision without reasons. IX, 7 that a church be given the Arian Goths in the army at Milan. Monnica joins in the resistance, and hymn singing.

Surrounded by soldiers. This was directed against Ambrose. Eventually the Ambrosians do a sit-in at the basilica, while the Arians hang vela imperial banners in the basilica, a sign the emperor intends to have an Arian mass celebrated there. March 31, Tuesday of Holy Week: Another delegation, this time of military people, warn Ambrose of their intent to use force. People, including soldiers who are faithful to Nicea, come to Ambrose to insist he go to the Portian Basilica.

The vela are taken down—a triumph for Ambrose—but some playing children rip them. Soldiers continue to surround basilica.

Ambrose, now in danger of being accused of offending the emperor, remains in the old basilica, divides the congregation into two antiphonal choirs—the first time. PL 33, p. McLynn, Ambrose of Milan, Univ. Meanwhile soldiers withdraw from Portian Basilica: victory for Ambrose. Ambrose preaches on free will Hexam I, Augustine has already begun to see God as non-material VII, 3 , but what of the cause of evil?

Courcelle thinks the nine sermons on Hexameron were preached this year. June Discovery and translation of the bodies of Protasius and Gervasius: cure of blind man.

Sermo 88 ca CE. Unsuccessful attempts at mystical ecstasy. July, ca. Visits Simplicianus.


Beginning of his reading of the epistles of St. Paul, perhaps chiefly Romans. August 23, ca. Beginning of autumn harvest vacations: departure for Cassiciacum.

October 15, ca. Augustine officially resigns his post as court rhetorician. Registers as one of the competentes applicants for baptism. Augustine writes De immortalitate animae and begins writing De disciplina. April 24, Holy Saturday Augustine is baptized in the cathedral of Milan.

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