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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 Nine

Book Nine

(p.181) Book Nine
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VIII and IX
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the commentary on Book IX of St. Augustine's The City of God. It asks if there are the demons that are inferior to the gods and if there some good spirits whose support can enable the human soul to obtain true blessedness. It also outlines the qualities which Apuleius ascribes to the demons, although he does not deny the reason to them nor does he credit them with any virtue. The chapter covers the views of Peripatetics and Stoics on disturbances that affect the mind and feelings which strike the minds of Christians that do not impel them to vice but train them for virtue. The emotions which Apuleius admits disturb the demons, by whose resources he claims that people are favoured by the gods.

Keywords:   St. Augustine, The City of God, Book IX, human soul, Apuleius, Peripatetics, Stoics

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