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This is the first new rendition for a generation of The City of God, the first major intellectual achievement of Latin Christianity and one of the classic texts of Western civilization. Robert Dyson has produced a complete, accurate, authoritative and fluent translation of De Civitate Dei, edited together with full biographical notes, a concise introduction, bibliography and chronology of Augustine's life. The result is an important contribution of interest to students of theology, philosophy, ecclesiastical history, the history of political thought and late antiquity.
'Dyson's wonderfully lucid, carefully literal and historically sensitive translation … makes this the edition that most readers will now choose to consult … We must be grateful for this excellent new translation.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'It reads remarkably well; it is elegant, generally succeeds in reproducing the rhetorical colouring Augustine frequently gives his argument, and, is remarkably faithful to the text. A short but helpful introduction … provides the necessary information about the context of the work, and summarises the main points of Augustine's political thought. The book is handsome and well produced.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
I ordered the hardcover expecting a dignified, sturdy, library-quality binding, and was sorely disappointed, so much so that I returned the book. It has a not very sturdy textbook-style cover, finished in glossy paper imprinted with a most unattractive design. The design on the inside is not very attractive either -- chapter headings, for example, don't provide a clear visual break. The overall effect is of a book designed by someone who does not know or love books. Until this volume is reissued in a format that does credit to the value of the contents, I'll make do with my battered old Penguin edition.
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