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In the first semester of 1981/82 I took a course on Augustine for which I read his entire corpus in translation in order to write a paper. The concept of the paper was to reconstruct how he imagined the history of philosophy, so the reading was done with an eye to every reference he made to philosophers, schools of philosophy and transmissions of teachings. Unlike we moderns, previous study of the patristics had led me to expect that he, like they, saw ideas more as data passed, sometimes secret...
Writings mostly from the period between Augustine's conversion and his ordination. This book has Augustine writing in a lot of varied styles, from very short, simple discourses to long, philosophically complex dialogues. There are a couple of lesser works here, of course, but it also features one of his absolute best, Of True Religion.
A little tedious: fairly philosophical instead of exegetical at times, and the first half is Socratic in organization. Seems to be somewhat influenced by Plato, and the Gnostic idea that matter is evil and spirit good.
De Magistro: February 3, 2014
Haven't quite read everything here, but everything I've read has contained some intriguing thoughts and some fine turns of phrase.