A Companion to Augustine

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Mark Vessey
John Wiley & Sons, May 21, 2012 - History - 595 pages
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A Companion to Augustine presents a fresh collection of scholarship by leading academics with a new approach to contextualizing Augustine and his works within the multi-disciplinary field of Late Antiquity, showing Augustine as both a product of the cultural forces of his times and a cultural force in his own right.

  • Discusses the life and works of Augustine within their full historical context, rather than privileging the theological context
  • Presents Augustine’s life, works and leading ideas in the cultural context of the late Roman world, providing a vibrant and engaging sense of Augustine in action in his own time and place
  • Opens up a new phase of study on Augustine, sensitive to the many and varied perspectives of scholarship on late Roman culture
  • State-of-the-art essays by leading academics in this field
  

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Contents

Political History
11
Cultural Geography
24
Religious Sociology
40
Augustines Worldly Ambition and Career
57
Love and Belonging Loss and Betrayal in the Confessions
69
Reading the Confessions
99
Augustine and Language
113
Augustines Information Circuits
125
Augustine and the Spiritual Life
284
Augustine and His Congregation
297
Augustine in His Diocese
310
Augustine in Combat
323
Augustine on the Will
339
Augustine on the Body
353
Augustine on Friendship and Orthodoxy
365
Augustine on the Church Against the Donatists
375

Augustine and Roman Public Spectacles
138
Augustine and Books
151
Augustine and the Latin Classics
161
Augustine and the Philosophers
175
Augustine and the Books of the Manicheans
188
Augustine and Scripture
200
Augustine and His Christian Predecessors
215
Augustine as a Reader of His Christian Contemporaries
227
Augustine among the Writers of the Church
240
Augustine in Retirement
257
Augustine on the Statesman and the Two Cities
386
Augustine on Scripture and the Trinity
398
Augustine on Redemption
416
Augustines Works in Circulation
431
Augustine in the Latin West 430ca 900
450
Augustine in the Western Middle Ages to the Reformation
465
Augustine and Postmodernism
492
Envoi
505
Index
563
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About the author (2012)

Mark Vessey is Professor of English and Principal of Green College at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Latin Christian Writers in Late Antiquity and Their Texts (2005), and has edited Augustine and the Disciplines: From Cassiciacum to Confessions (2005) and The Calling of the Nations: Exegesis, Ethnography, and Empire in a Biblical-Historic Present (2011).

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