On the Happy Life: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 2

On the Happy Life: St. Augustine's Cassiciacum Dialogues, Volume 2


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A fresh, new translation of Augustine’s inaugural work as a Christian convert

The first four works written by St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion to Christianity are the “Cassiciacum dialogues,” which have influenced prominent thinkers from Boethius to Bernard Lonergan. In this second, brief dialogue, expertly translated by Michael Foley, Augustine and his mother, brother, son, and friends celebrate his thirty-second birthday by having a “feast of words” on the nature of happiness. They conclude that the truly happy life consists of “having God” through faith, hope, and charity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300238587
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael P. Foley is associate professor of patristics at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Frank Sheed’s translation of Augustine’s Confessions.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Translation Key xv

General Introduction to the Cassiciacum Dialogues xxiii

On the Happy Life 1

Introduction 3

1 17

2 23

3 34

4 39

Commentary 53

Time Line: The Probable Chronology of the Cassiciacum Retreat 117

Glossary of Select Names 125

Notes 131

Bibliography 155

Index 179

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