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Ambitio, auaritia, luxuria

George Lawless

in Augustine of Hippo and his Monastic Rule

Published in print August 1990 | ISBN: 9780198267416
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683244 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267416.003.0001

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Ambitio, auaritia, luxuria

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Augustine's propensity for friendship fitted handsomely into the cultural milieu of the later half of the 4th century. Common interest groups had long ago adopted a variety of forms. Cicero's political ideal of uniting the senatorial and equestrian orders of society had long since been doomed to failure, as it succumbed to the triple threat of ambitio, auaritia, and luxuria. Long before Marcus Aurelius, whether in the Golden or Silver Age of Latin literature, letter writers, essayists, historians, and satirists were often citing the evils of ambitio, auaritia, and luxuria. Like termites, this triad of diseases gnawed at social and political structures from within.

Keywords: ambitio; auaritia; luxuria; Augustine

Chapter.  2303 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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