Augustine: The Confessions

Augustine: The Confessions

by Sarah Clark, Gillian Clark
     
 

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Augustine's 'Confessions', written at the close of the fourth century CE, is a highly significant text in the history of European culture. Augustine explains just how and why he came to abandon a successful career and the personal enjoyments of a largely secular existence to follow a life of prayer and study, leading to a true comprehension of God and the Bible.

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Augustine's 'Confessions', written at the close of the fourth century CE, is a highly significant text in the history of European culture. Augustine explains just how and why he came to abandon a successful career and the personal enjoyments of a largely secular existence to follow a life of prayer and study, leading to a true comprehension of God and the Bible. The avowed approach of this introductory book is to 'historicise' - to set Augustine's own experiences of religion, philosophy and Christian faith against the long-standing political, cultural and religious traditions of the classical world. Late antiquity saw the transformation of the classical heritage and its transmission by Christian authors. Augustine's ideas about how texts may be presented and read, how people respond to written and spoken language, find resonance in recent critical theory.The world in which Augustine lived, the structure, style and purpose of the Confessions, and the problems of rhetoric and truth posed by its author's personal search for himself are all scrutinised in this lucid introductory account. The volume also offers a useful guide to further reading.

Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Philip Freeman
"Gillian Clark has written an excellent handbook for use in undergraduate courses on late antiquity in general or Augustine in particular. The work is a revision of her 1993 book of the same name written for the Landmarks in Classical Literature series for Cambridge University Press. . . . . This handbook makes no claim to do more than, as Clark puts it, 'encourage those who have not yet become readers of Augustine and especially of Confessions, and to be of some use to those who have.' Students will appreciate the straightforward division of the text into three sections on Augustine's world, a study of the Confessions themselves, and an up-to-date guide for further reading."
Speculum - James J. O'Donnell
"Clark provides first of all a lucid exposition of the work's narrative, then analysis of the linguistic and stylistic media through which Augustine works, and finally two chapters . . . exemplifying reading of a very high order. . . . So much is covered in a brief compass that it may escape notice on first reading how thorough the treatment in fact is, and I have found it at every point sound, intelligient, and well written."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Gillian Clark has written an excellent handbook for use in undergraduate courses on late antiquity in general or Augustine in particular. The work is a revision of her 1993 book of the same name written for the Landmarks in Classical Literature series for Cambridge University Press. . . . . This handbook makes no claim to do more than, as Clark puts it, 'encourage those who have not yet become readers of Augustine and especially of Confessions, and to be of some use to those who have.' Students will appreciate the straightforward division of the text into three sections on Augustine's world, a study of the Confessions themselves, and an up-to-date guide for further reading."

— Philip Freeman

Speculum

"Clark provides first of all a lucid exposition of the work's narrative, then analysis of the linguistic and stylistic media through which Augustine works, and finally two chapters . . . exemplifying reading of a very high order. . . . So much is covered in a brief compass that it may escape notice on first reading how thorough the treatment in fact is, and I have found it at every point sound, intelligient, and well written."

— James J. O'Donnell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904675037
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Bristol Phoenix Press - Greece and Rome Live Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Clark is Professor of Ancient History in the University of Bristol. Her current areas of research include a collaborative commentary on Augustine City of God and in more general terms, Greek and Latin patristics in relation to Graeco-Roman social and intellectual history.

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