The Confessions of Saint Augustine

After he became a Manichaean, Augustine continued to read philosophy,but was hampered by having a small range of books and by not knowing muchGreek. He disliked Greek at school, and notes in the some mistakes he made in his early works through ignorance of Greek. Inlater life he became much better at it, and could check Latin translationsagainst a Greek original..., but in his twenties he would have found ithard work to read a Greek philosophical or theological text (1.14.23).

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The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time. It is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer that Augustine wrote as an autobiography sometime after his conversion, to confess his sins and proclaim God's goodness. Just as his first hearers were captivated by his powerful conversion story, so also have many millions been over the following sixteen centuries. His experience of God speaks to us across time with little need of transpositions.

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This acclaimed new translation by , masterfully captures his experience, and is written in an elegant and flowing style. Her beautiful contemporary translation of the ancient Confessions makes the classic work more accessible to modern readers. Her translation combines the linguistic accuracy demanded by 4th-century Latin with the poetic power aimed at by Augustine, not as discernable in previous translations.

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When Augustine was about twenty (4.16.28), he read Aristotle's, a basic text of logical analysis which was available inLatin translation. He found it very clear, but he says it was a furtherobstacle to his thought about God, whom he imagined in Aristotelian categoriesas a subject with attributes, not as greatness itself or beauty itself (4.16.29).He was not, evidently, aware of the Platonist debate on whether the was concerned only with human systems of classification, or whetherit was applicable to all levels of being. He also read more of Cicero'sphilosophical works. Some of Cicero's ethical treatises, especially and , supply him with the materialand the style for ethical analysis in the (for instance,2.6.13), though he does not discuss the effect they had on him when he readthem... As his commitment to Manichaeism weakened, Augustine was impressedby Cicero's ... The ëAcademics' weresuccessors of Plato, who had taught at the house he bought near the shrineof the obscure Athenian hero Akademos. Some of them advocated strict agnosticism:As Augustine put it (5.10.19) ëtheir opinion was that everything mustbe doubted, and they declared that nothing of the truth can be understoodby a human being'. But, he says, he had not yet understood what theymeant, and what this means is that he had read Cicero on the state of philosophicaldebate 400 years earlier, but had not yet encountered the argument thattheir apparent scepticism camouflaged an esoteric teaching of the truthwhich had been expounded by Plato.

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At Milan, Augustine was given ëPlatonic books' in a Latintranslation by Marius Victorinus (7.9.13, 8.2.3), and, he says, they changedhis life. The Platonism Augustine encountered at Milan, in books and discussiongroups and Ambrose's preaching, was ëNew Platonism' (Neoplatonism),which set out to explicate Plato in the belief that he had understood theeternal truth and had expounded it in a consistent philosophical systemwhich was passed on by his followers. It required great ingenuity of mindto reconcile Plato's various experiments in thought, Aristotle'scritique, and the arguments of their successors, and many debates continuedamong the New Platonists. Milanese Neoplatonism was very much influencedby the third-century philosopher Plotinus, an impressive ascetic who refusedto give formal philosophical lectures, and by his pupil Porphyry, who revisedPlotinus' brief written records of his thinking and organised theminto groups of nine, the ... The ëPlatonic books'may have included writings by Plotinus and Porphyry: certainly, by the timehe wrote the, Augustine had read some Plotinus and hadbeen profoundly impressed. Plotinus' style, as well as his arguments,is heard in the , both in the tenacious strings of questionswith which Augustine pursues a difficult problem (as in 1.3.3-4.4) and inoccasional flashes of exhortation (as at 1.18.28).

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