Augustines City of God: A Readers Guide

Paperback | January 29, 2004

byGerard ODaly

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The City of God is the most influential of Augustine's works, which played a decisive role in the formation of the Christian West. This book is the first comprehensive modern guide to it in any language.The City of God's scope embodies cosmology, psychology, political thought, anti-pagan polemic, Christian apologetic, theory of history, biblical interpretation, and apocalyptic themes. This book is, therefore, at once about a single masterpiece and at the same time surveys Augustine's developingviews through the whole range of his thought. The book is written in the form of a detailed running commentary on each part of the work. Further chapters elucidate the early fifth-century political, social, historical, and literary background, the work's sources, and its place in Augustine'swritings.The book should prove of value to Augustine's wide readership among students of late antiquity, theologians, philosophers, medievalists, Renaissance scholars, and historians of art and iconography.

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The City of God is the most influential of Augustine's works, which played a decisive role in the formation of the Christian West. This book is the first comprehensive modern guide to it in any language.The City of God's scope embodies cosmology, psychology, political thought, anti-pagan polemic, Christian apologetic, theory of history...

Gerard O'Daly is Professor of Latin at University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:January 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199270813

ISBN - 13:9780199270811

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Table of Contents

1. Cities Real and Desired2. The Making of the Book3. The Apologetic Tradition4. The Theme of the Two Cities5. The Structure of the Work6. `Where Were the Gods?': Books 1-57. Varro, Platonists, and Demons: Books 6-108. Creation, the Fall, and the Regime of the Passions: Books 11-149. The History of the Two Cities: Books 15-1810. Final Destinations: Books 19-2211. Influences and Sources12. The Place of the City of God in Augustine's Writings

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`With its sober judgement based on expert knowledge and diligent scholarship, this guide will be an indispensable tool for everybody interested in the City.'Karla F. L. Pollmann, Church History