Augustine as Monk—Bishop

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:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Augustine as Monk—Bishop

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Except for the sudden dismissal of his concubine and a subsequent short-lived liaison with another woman, there was for Augustine throughout the years that are considered in this book an almost predictable coherence of action. Long before at the age of eighteen, Cicero's Hortensius had introduced the young Augustine to the themes of wealth and wisdom. Ten years of teaching rhetoric had prepared the ground for his fertile listening to Ambrose and his reading of the Scriptures. Augustine's monastic manner of life was in full view from the time of his early days at Thagaste. Augustine's Rule stands alone in the entire history of western monasticism as the single legislative text which does double duty since it met the needs of both men and women. While his intellectual labours at Thagaste added a new dimension to western monasticism, Augustine's enforced ordination at Hippo in 391 did not deter him from his resolve to remain a monk. Augustine's monastic writings reflect a wide range of firsthand experience.

Keywords: Augustine; monk; bishop; Hortensius; Thagaste; Rule; western monasticism; Hippo

Chapter.  2685 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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