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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VI and VII$
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Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688782

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688782.001.0001

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Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VI and VII
P.G. Walsh, P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Augustine's Book VI and VII of The City of God, which refutes the pagans' claims that the Roman deities had ensured unbroken success in the acquisition and growth of empire. It adverts to the topic of life after death and devotes close attention to Marcus Terentius Varro's distinguished research on Roman religion. It also provides a description of Terentius Varro, who was born at Reate in Sabine territory and became a praetor who fought on Pompey's side in the Civil War. The chapter mentions Julius Caesar, who commissioned Terentius Varro to establish the first public library at Rome. It looks at Terentius Varro's writings that covered virtually all disciplines — philosophy, religion, language, law, social history, geography, and agriculture.

Keywords:   Augustine, The City of God, Roman deities, Marcus Terentius Varro, praetor, Julius Caesar

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