n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Augustine's confessions : the social and literary context

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Augustine's Confessions is to my mind one of the most misunderstood works from antiquity, perhaps chiefly because it seems to invite the present-day reader to identify with the author and his concerns, while, in the process, modern-day concerns are illegitimately superimposed onto the ancient work. The quest of my current research is to improve the level of comprehension for the Confessions through an examination of the world where it originated. This article takes a look at how certain aspects of the context of Late Antiquity in general and three texts from the third and the fourth centuries AD in particular should inform our reading of Augustine's Confessions.

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