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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VIII and IX$
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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688546

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688546.001.0001

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Book IX

Book IX

(p.102) Book IX
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VIII and IX
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the text and translation of Book IX of St. Augustine's The City of God, which continues with Augustine's preoccupation with demons. His fundamental concern is with the problem of God's relations with men, citing the scriptural evidence for the existence and nature of the demons. It begins by reasserting the Platonist thesis that all gods are good and asks if there can be good demons. It also cites Apuleius' definition of the demons, which his depiction of them allows for no differentiation between good and bad. The chapter discusses the Platonist belief that souls after death become demons and that those who have lived good lives become genial lares, while villains in life become malevolent lemures or laruae.

Keywords:   St. Augustine, The City of God, Book IX, scriptural evidence, good demons, Apuleius, Platonist belief

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