This classic biography was first published thirty years ago and has since established itself as the standard account of Saint Augustine's life and teaching. The remarkable discovery recently of a considerable number of letters and sermons by Augustine has thrown fresh light on the first and last decades of his experience as a bishop. These circumstantial texts have led Peter Brown to reconsider some of his judgments on Augustine, both as the author of the Confessions and as the elderly bishop preaching and writing in the last years of Roman rule in north Africa. Brown's reflections on the significance of these exciting new documents are contained in two chapters of a substantial Epilogue to his biography (the text of which is unaltered). He also reviews the changes in scholarship about Augustine since the 1960s. A personal as well as a scholarly fascination infuse the book-length epilogue and notes that Brown has added to his acclaimed portrait of the bishop of Hippo.
About the Author
Peter Brown is Rollins Professor of History emeritus at Princeton University. Brown is the leading English-language authority on St. Augustine; his many books include Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity (California, 1982), Body and Society (1988), Power and Persuasion (1992), Authority and the Sacred (1995), and The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, a.d. 200-1000 (1996).
Publisher: California Princeton
Publication Date: August 2000
ISBN 10: 0520227573
ISBN 13: 9780520227576
"From Roman Catholicism to Reformed Protestantism, Augustine is the most influential and widely respected theologian in Christian history. Beyond that, Augustinian thought is the headwaters from which flows Reformed Protestantism. In a field full of competitors, Brown's biography rises above others in both its sweep and attention to detail. Having moved beyond his best-known classics, Brown scoured Augustine's letters, sermons, and lesser-known writings to produce a full-orbed account of the man behind Augustinianism
- Matthew Harmon, Westminster Bookstore Staff, August 2006