Augustine's Confessions tells the story of the author's encounters with language; from his acquisition of language as a child, through his career as schoolboy orator, star student at Carthage, professor of rhetoric at Carthage and Rome. Having worked his way up to the eminence of Court Orator to the Roman Emperor at Milan, Augustine rediscovered the Catholic Christianity of his childhood-and decided that this was incompatible with his rhetorical profession. Over the next ten years, he gradually reinvents himself as a different sort of language professional: a Christian intellectual, commentating on Scripture and preaching to his flock.
Philip Burton explores some aspects of this encounter, investigating both Augustine's attitude towards language and his actual linguistic practice. Starting with a consideration of the importance of sermo-language, style, dialectic, divine Logos-in classical and Christian thought, Burton addresses Augustine's employment of comic and popular-culture literary genres, his use of Greek, his attitude towards books and reading, his use of biblical idioms, and his treatment of the paralinguistic (laughing, singing, weeping, and groaning).
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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Table of Contents
Alternative Comedy: The Language of the Theatre 35
The Vocabulary of the Liberal Arts 63
Talking Books 88
Biblical Idioms in the Confessions 112
The Paralinguistic 133
Greek Words in the Confessions 178
Index locorum 189
Index rerum 195
Index verborum graecorum 196
Index verborum latinorum 197