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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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Text & Translation of Book VI

Text & Translation of Book VI

(p.13) Text & Translation of Book VI
Augustine De Civitate Dei Books VI & VII
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the text and translation for Book VI of St. Augustine's The City of God, which adverts to the topic of life after death and changes tack to devote close attention to Terentius Varro's distinguished research on Roman religion. Augustine pays lip-service to his proclaimed theme of the pentad, the rebuttal of the claim that the Roman religion had been efficacious for the conferment of eternal happiness after death. It talks about Augustine's discussion with Varro and praise of his learning, appending Cicero's celebrated tribute in the Academica. It also gives a resumé of the content of Varro's Antiquitates, with the subdivisions of Res Humanae and Res Diuinae. Augustine exploits Varro's learning to condemn the illogicalities of the religious system in general and in particular of worship of the select deities.

Keywords:   Book VI, St. Augustine, The City of God, Terentius Varro, Roman religion, eternal happiness, Cicero

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