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Augustine and P.G. Walsh

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687594

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687594.001.0001

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Text & Translation of Book III

Text & Translation of Book III

(p.16) Text & Translation of Book III
De Civitate Dei Books III and IV
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the original text and translation of Book III of Augustine's The City of God. It begins with a programmatic statement that demonstrates how Roman gods had encouraged rather than stemmed the moral degeneration of the community. It also emphasizes how Roman gods have failed to alleviate the physical hardships and disasters that plagued Rome since its foundation. The chapter follows a selective review of the history of Rome from the Regal period to the principate of Augustus. It outlines the reverses and miseries endured by the Roman people, as well as the injustices inflicted both on foreign nations and fellow citizens.

Keywords:   Augustine, The City of God, Book III, Roman gods, Augustus, moral degeneration

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