The Confessions

The Confessions

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In this new translation the brilliant and impassioned descriptions of Augustine's colourful early life are conveyed to the English reader with accuracy and art.

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 of Milan, and his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage as he recovered the faith that his mother had taught him. It was in a Milan garden that Augustine finally achieved the 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.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 196 x 129 x 17mm | 241g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199537828
  • 9780199537822
  • 5,149

Table of contents

Introduction; Bibliographical note; Dates; The Confessions; Index
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Review Text

If the Latin is a "work of high art", so is this translation. The Times
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If the Latin is a "work of high art", so is this translation. * The Times * "My favourite translation is Henry Chadwick's (Oxford World's Classics), always clear, often racy, and capable of rising when necessary to Augustine's sublimer moments." * Eamon Duffy, The Tablet *
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About Saint Augustine

Professor Henry Chadwick (1920-2008) enjoyed international renown as one of the leading church historians of the twentieth century. He held senior appointments at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, latterly as Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, Cambridge. Chadwick's scholarship was complemented by his active involvement in church life. Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1944, he developed a deep commitment to church unity and took a leading role in the Anglican and Roman Catholic dialogues of the mid-1970s.
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