Augustine in Context

Tarmo Toom, (ed.), Augustine in Context, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Augustine in Context assesses the various contexts – historical, literary, cultural, spiritual – in which Augustine lived and worked. The essays, written by an international team of scholars especially for this volume, provide the background against which Augustine’s treatises should be read and interpreted. They are organized according to a rationale which moves from an introduction to the person (the so-called ‘personal context’) to the contexts of Augustine’s works and ideas, starting from the intellectual setting and extending to the socio-political realm. Collectively the essays highlight the embeddedness of Augustine in the world of late antiquity and the interdependence of his discourse with contemporary forms of social life. They shed new light on one of the most important figures of the western canon and facilitate a more enlightened reading of his writings.

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Introduction, pp xviii-xxiv

1 – Augustine in Context and Augustine on Context pp 1-10, By Tarmo Toom

Part I – Life

2 – Biography in Late Antiquity, pp 13-21, By Arthur P. Urbano

3 – Augustine on Himself, pp 22-29, By Annemaré Kotzé

4 – Possidius on Augustine, pp 30-36, By Erika T. Hermanowicz

5 – Augustine in Roman North Africa (Thagaste, Carthage), pp 37-43, By Gareth Sears

6 – Augustine in Higher Society (Rome and Milan), pp 44-50, By David M. Gwynn

7 – Augustine as a Bishop (Hippo), pp 51-58, By Andrea Sterk

Part II – Literary and Intellectual Contexts

8 – Language, pp 61-67, By James Clackson

9 – Classical Literary Culture in North Africa, pp 68-78, By W. Martin Bloomer

10 – Education, Grammar, and Rhetoric, pp 79-85, By Yun Lee Too

11 – Scripture and Biblical Commentaries, pp 86-93, By Stephen A. Cooper

12 – Latin Christian Literature I (Polemical and Theological Writings), pp 94-101, By Josef Lössl

13 – Latin Christian Literature II (Moral and Spiritual Writings), pp 102-110, By David G. Hunter

14 – Letter Writing and Preaching, pp 111-118, By Jaclyn Maxwell

15 – Philosophical Trends in Augustine’s Time, pp 119-126,

Part III – Religious Contexts

16 – Roman Religion, pp 129-136, By Jeffrey Brodd

17 – Manicheism, pp 137-144, By Nicholas Baker-Brian

18 – Ecclesiological Controversies, pp 145-152, By Alden Bass

19 – Soteriological Controversies, pp 153-160, By Dominic Keech

20 – Trinitarian Controversies, pp 161-168, By Mark Weedman

21 – Monasticism/Asceticism, pp 169-176, By Marilyn Dunn

Part IV – Political, Social, and Cultural Contexts

22 – Imperial Politics and Legislation in Roman Africa, pp 179-186, By Dean Hammer

23 – War, pp 187-194, By Alexander Sarantis

24 – Religious Violence, pp 195-202, By Despina Iosif

25 – Relationships in Augustine’s Life, pp 203-210, By Geoffrey Nathan

26 – Popular Culture and Entertainment, pp 211-218, By Jerry Toner

Part V – Reception

27 – Augustine’s Reception of Himself, pp 221-229, By Johannes Brachtendorf

28 – Reception of Augustine during His Lifetime, pp 230-237, By Mathijs Lamberigts

29 – Reception of Augustine in Hadrumetum and Southern Gaul, pp 238-245, By Alexander Y. Hwang

A Note on Augustine’s Works, pp 246-246

Further Reading, pp 261-266

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