Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, Revised Edition with a New Epilogue
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - le.vert.galant - LibraryThing
This is perhaps the most comprehensive biography available of a classical figure. That I found portions of it tedious says more about me than it does the book. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tungsten_peerts - LibraryThing
I am neither a Christian nor a religious person of any stripe, and I could NOT put this book down. Intellectual biography of the highest caliber. The Epilogue adds precious new insights, and Peter Brown's humble reflections upon his 1960s original (printed here unchanged). Read full review