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Augustine: Political Writings by Augustine, E. M. Atkins, R. J. Dodaro

By Augustine, E. M. Atkins, R. J. Dodaro

This assortment brings jointly thirty-five letters and sermons of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo from 396-430 advert, that care for political concerns. The letters and sermons are either functional and principled and deal with many crucial subject matters in Augustine's proposal, together with the tasks of citizenship, the connection among the church and secular authority, non secular coercion, and battle and peace. those texts supplement Augustine's vintage town of God, and provides scholars direct perception into the political and social international of overdue antiquity with which Augustine used to be instantly concerned.

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If he has violated secular places or sacred, still he should not be cut off from pardon. In the end, there is no room for mercy, unless sins are committed first. () I have now replied for better or for worse, as they say, not as well as I ought, but as well as I could. Therefore, I beg and beseech you – if only you could be here to see my tears as well – I beg you to think again and again who you are, what you profess, and what you are doing, and to focus your attention on the sight of the city, as these people are dragged away from her to be led to punishment.

Sirm. ) ( November). ). Civil disorder at Calama when the Catholic bishop, Possidius, intervenes against the celebration of a pagan festival ( and  June). Possidius travels to imperial court at Ravenna in order to report on the Calama riot and seek imperial measures against the responsible parties. Alaric blockades Rome. Catholic bishops meet at Carthage and petition the emperor Honorius for stronger imperial measures against the Donatists (June and October). Execution of Stilicho ( August).

That is why he predicted that the idols of the many false gods would be overthrown, and in fact ordered that they should be [cf. –]. ) in their literature. () When, then, our learned gentlemen were discussing the republic and the earthly city, and what they thought it ought to be like (and, incidentally, they sought it, and indeed described it, in private discussions, rather than actually founding and shaping it through public activity),⁷ they did not offer the gods as examples for forming the characters of the young.

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