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Augustine: Political Writings

Augustine: Political Writings

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: February 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521446976

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  • This collection brings together thirty-five letters and sermons of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo from 396-430 AD, that deal with political matters. The letters and sermons are both practical and principled and treat many essential themes in Augustine's thought, including the responsibilities of citizenship, the relationship between the church and secular authority, religious coercion, and war and peace. These texts complement Augustine's classic The City of God, and give students direct insight into the political and social world of late antiquity with which Augustine was immediately involved.

    • Anthology of Augustine's political writings consists of original and wide-ranging selection of entire texts, many never before considered as political texts
    • Clear, modern accurate translations
    • Extensive introduction and notes designed to highlight and clarify issues in the texts for students and non-specialist readers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The volume provides a splendid insight into Augustine's political thought in action." Theological Studies

    "Atkins and Dodaro have successfully made these texts with their fascinating range of issues accessible to a wide audience. Their translation is fluent and accurate. They have utilized and expanded the supports for the reader very well. In these selections from responses to individuals persons and situations, Augustine demonstrates a personal and pastoral perspective sometimes overshadowed in his more formal writings." Bryn Mawr College Review

    "A useful addition to the English translations of his more scholarly works on political philosophy...It is a valuable contribution to Augustinian scholarship and a worthwhile read for anyone interested in political theory or Augustine." Theology Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521446976
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Christianity and citizenship
    Letter 90
    Letter 91
    Letter 103
    Letter 104
    Letter 95
    Letter 136
    Letter 138
    Letter 10*
    Letter 250
    Letter 1*
    Sermon 335C
    2. Bishops and civil authorities
    Letter 133
    Letter 134
    Letter 139
    Letter 152
    Letter 153
    Letter 154
    Letter 155
    3. Judicial authority
    Commentary on the Gospel of John, 33
    Sermon 302
    Sermon 13
    4. The Donatist controversy
    Letter 51
    Letter 66
    Letter 86
    Letter 100
    Letter 87
    Letter 88
    Letter 173
    Letter 204
    Letter 105
    Letter 185
    5. War and peace
    The sacking of the city of Rome
    Letter 189
    Letter 220
    Letter 229
    Bibliographical notes
    Index of persons and places
    Index of topics.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Great Ideas in Humanities
  • Author



    E. M. Atkins, Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds

    R. J. Dodaro, Instituto Patristico 'Augustinianum', Rome

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