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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books I and XII$
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Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687525

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687525.001.0001

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De Civitate Dei

De Civitate Dei

(p.14) Text and Translation of Book I

(p.13) De Civitate Dei
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books I and XII
P. G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the original text and translation of the Book I of Augustine's City of God. It discusses the irrational attitude of pagans who attribute the calamity to the suppression of traditional Roman worship, and the appropriate Christian response to indignities people had been subjected to. It also cites various historical examples, which document the fate of cities before Christianity existed, and ethical guidance on the appropriate behaviour for Christians when confronted by various tribulations. The chapter analyses the contrast between the clemency experienced by Romans at the hands of the Visigoths and the grim fate of the legendary Trojans abandoned by their guardian-gods. It looks at Augustine's extended discussion on the plight of Christians imprisoned by the Visigoths.

Keywords:   Augustine, City of God, Book I, pagans, Roman worship, Christianity, Visigoths

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