Augustine's City of God: A Reader's Guide

Augustine's City of God: A Reader's Guide


By (author) Gerard O'Daly


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 338 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 20mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 8 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199270813
  • ISBN 13: 9780199270811
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 529,489

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The City of God is the most influential of Augustine's works, which played a decisive role in the formation of the Christian West. This book is the first comprehensive modern guide to it in any language. The City of God's scope embodies cosmology, psychology, political thought, anti-pagan polemic, Christian apologetic, theory of history, biblical interpretation, and apocalyptic themes. This book is, therefore, at once about a single masterpiece and at the same time surveys Augustine's developing views through the whole range of his thought. The book is written in the form of a detailed running commentary on each part of the work. Further chapters elucidate the early fifth-century political, social, historical, and literary background, the work's sources, and its place in Augustine's writings.The book should prove of value to Augustine's wide readership among students of late antiquity, theologians, philosophers, medievalists, Renaissance scholars, and historians of art and iconography.

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Gerard O'Daly is Professor of Latin at University College London.

Review quote

Review from previous edition O'Daly's knowledge of Augustine bibliography is stunningly wide-ranging, always well-judged, and immensely helpful in guiding the reader to informed further research in any one of the multitude of themes and ideas which cluster together in the City of God. Carol Harrison, Journal of Theological Studies O'Daly intends to provide a detailed yet accessible reading of Augstine's vast and complex masterpiece, directed at a wide group of readers who are not necessarily specialists. By taking up this task O'Daly fills indeed a gap in scholarship that was long overdue, and he is a scholar most apt for this task. Karla F. L. Pollmann, Church History With its sober judgement based on expert knowledge and diligent scholarship, this guide will be an indispensable tool for everybody interested in the City. Karla F. L. Pollmann, Church History

Table of contents

1. Cities Real and Desired ; 2. The Making of the Book ; 3. The Apologetic Tradition ; 4. The Theme of the Two Cities ; 5. The Structure of the Work ; 6. 'Where Were the Gods?': Books 1-5 ; 7. Varro, Platonists, and Demons: Books 6-10 ; 8. Creation, the Fall, and the Regime of the Passions: Books 11-14 ; 9. The History of the Two Cities: Books 15-18 ; 10. Final Destinations: Books 19-22 ; 11. Influences and Sources ; 12. The Place of the City of God in Augustine's Writings