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Augustinus (354-430), son of a pagan, Patricius of Tagaste & his Xian wife Monica, while studying in Africa to become a rhetorician, plunged into psycho-philosophical doubts in search of truth, joining for a time the Manichaeans. He became a grammar teacher at Tagaste & lived much under the influence of Monica & his friend Alypius. About 383 he went to Rome &am ...more
Published December 1953 by William Heinemann Ltd./Loeb Classical Library (first published 398)
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The following excerpts are from a letter written by St. Augustine a year before his death at age 75. They provide a glimpse of the type of person St. Augustine was and the general theme and tone of the select letters.

On Praise

For when good men are praised, the praise confers a benefit on those who bestow it, not on those who receive it. For as far as concerns the good, the fact that they are good is sufficient, but the others, whose interest it is to imitate the good, are to be congratulated whe
I have embarked on a tour through some of the writings of Saint Augustine of Hippo. For years, I have come on echoes of his thoughts and influence on the development of Western Christianity and found much to dislike. I fairness to the man, I ought to know what he, himself, actually said before I fight with him. And so I have embarked on my exploration. I have begun with this collection of his "Letters" and will move on to his "Confessions" and thence to "The City of God". My hunch is that I sti ...more
Erik Graff
Dec 11, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Augustine fans
Recommended to Erik by: David Hassel, S.J.
Shelves: religion
This book was read for Father David Hassel's Augustine course during the first semester of 1981/82 at Loyola University Chicago.
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Augustine of Hippo, also known as St. Augustine, St. Austin, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. According to his contemporary J ...more
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