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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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Commentary on Book VII

Commentary on Book VII

(p.179) Commentary on Book VII
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 VII of St. Augustine's The City of God. It mentions superiores libri...sufficient, in which Augustine argues that the Roman gods can afford no help in the attainment of happiness in the future life and reverts to their inadequacy in aiding the present existence. It also discusses the identification of the select gods and clarifies whether they are to be regarded as exempted from the duties of the lesser deities. Since the gods of lower rank incur no disgrace through any scandals, they have fared better than the select gods, whose monstrous indecencies are widely publicised. The chapter looks at Terentius Varro's belief, which made him regard the world-soul as God, though it contains within its different parts many souls whose nature is divine.

Keywords:   Book VII, St. Augustine, The City of God, Roman gods, lesser deities, Terentius Varro

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