2:30pm - 3:45pm
Candler Library 222A
Perkell, Christine Godfrey
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.
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|three seven-page papers, subject to required revisions; seminar reports.|
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