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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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(p.159) Commentary
Augustine: De Civitate Dei The City of God Books VI and VII
P.G. Walsh
Liverpool University Press

This chapter includes the commentary on Book VI of St. Augustine's The City of God. Quinque superioribus libris refutes the claim that the pagan deities ensured for the Romans both prosperity in this world and a blessed life in the hereafter. It refutes the argument that men's success depends on the faithful observance of the numerous deities which they customarily worship. Augustine condemns the false gods which he claims are demons impersonating the Roman deities and inhabit their statues. These demons, which Augustine later identifies with the fallen angels of Hebraic and Christian thought, are visualized in the context of Middle Platonist thought as depicted chiefly by Apuleius.

Keywords:   Book VI, St. Augustine, The City of God, Roman deities, demons, Middle Platonist, Apuleius

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