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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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Book I

(p.189) Commentary
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books I and XII
P. G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter gives the commentary on Augustine's City of God. It mentions how Augustine followed the apostle Paul in describing the passage of Christians through the secular world as a journey abroad and how he defined the dual nature of the city of God. It also looks at Augustine's criticism of traditional pagans that are attracted to the Stoic doctrine of heimarmene or fate and has embraced astrology. The chapter recounts how Augustine draws on Livy's celebrated account of the fall of Syracuse in 212 BC, which talks about the beauty of the city and Marcus Marcellus' tears. It explores Augustine's repeated emphasis on the theme that the refugees in the basilicas owed their safety to their Christian allegiance.

Keywords:   Augustine, City of God, Book I, Christians, traditional pagans, Livy, Marcus Marcellus, Christian allegiance

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