CL329RW-03P: Spec Stud in Classical Culture

Topic: Augustine's Confessions

January 12, 2016 - April 25, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Candler Library 222A
Perkell, Christine Godfrey

Topic changes to meet current interest of students and faculty. Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies.

Aurelius Augustinus (354-430 CE), North African, Christian, bishop, and, in his own day, the most famous teacher in the Christian church.We will focus on Augustine’s Confessions as an artistic rendering of his inner life, as he experiences his “sinful” youth, his demanding parents, mistresses, deaths of friends, and conversion to Christianity. At the intersection of Romanitas and Christianitas, Augustine tests the values of classical Roman culture (Roma aeterna) and of Christianities (e.g., Manichaeism) alternative to his own. Through his search to know God, Augustine evokes for readers a life lived at the center (Rome, Milan) as well as at the fringes of the Roman Empire at its fall.


CONTENT: Confessions of St. Augustine, entire text in English translation. Modest readings in such earlier related texts as Plato, Symposium; Vergil, Aeneid; St. Paul, Letter to the Romans; Apuleius, Golden Ass; and in the later Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.

  1. Sheed, F.J. (trans) Augustine: Confessions, 2nd Edition
  2. A Reader's Companion to Augustine's Confessions
Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
three seven-page papers, subject to required revisions; seminar reports.

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