Augustine: Confessions Books I-IV
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 212
Width: 12.2 cm
Height: 18.3 cm
Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature. Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century AD, they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life. Books I-IV are concerned with infancy and learning to talk, school days, sexual desire and adolescent rebellion, intense friendships and intellectual exploration. Augustine evolves and analyses his past with all the resources of the reading which shaped his mind: Virgil and Cicero, Neoplatonism and the Bible. This edition, which aims to be usable by students who are new to Augustine, alerts readers to the verbal echoes and allusions of Augustine's brilliant and varied Latin, and explains his theological and philosophical questioning of what God is and what it is to be human.
"...Clark's notes concentrate upon the subtle nuances and peculiarities of Augustine's use of language, focusing upon the significant rhetorical feature of the text. Highly recommended." The Reader's Review "It is an excellent addition to the resources available for students and teachers of the Confessions and of Christian Latin generally." John C. Cavadini, Anglican Theological Review