Confessions

Confessions

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In this new translation of what many consider to be a masterpiece of Western literature, the brilliant and impassioned descriptions of Augustine's colourful early life and search for spiritual satisfaction are accurately conveyed to the English reader. Augustine tells of his wrestlings to master his sexual drive, his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of high power at the imperial court at Milan, and his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage as he recovered the faith his mother Monica had taught him. It was in a Milan garden that Augustine finally achieved the decisive act of will to Christian conversion, which he compared to a lazy man in bed finally deciding it is time to get up and face the day. Augustine has been called "The First Modern Man". But his work contains many references and allusions that can hardly be understood without background information about the ancient social and intellectual setting. The accompanying notes and introduction to this translation should prove of great use to the contemporary reader.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192817795
  • 9780192817792

Table of contents

Dates; Book I Early years; Book II Adolescence; Book III Student at Carthage; Book IV Manichee and astrologer; Book V Carthage, Rome, and Milan; Book VI Secular ambitions and conflicts; Book VII A Neoplatonic quest; Book VIII The birthpangs of conversion; Bok IX Cassiciacum: to Monica's death; Book X Memory; Book XI Time and eternity; Book XII Platonic and Christian creation; Book XIII Finding the Church in Genesis 1.show more

About Saint Augustine

About the Translator: An expert on the early Church, Henry Chadwick is Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is the author of such books as Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition and Augustine in the Past Masters series. _show more

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