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Augustine of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo (St) [Aurelius Augustinus]. b. Thagaste, 13 Nov 354; d. Hippo, 28 Aug 430. One of the most influential figures in the history of Christian thought, Augustine was born in Thagaste in North Africa. His father was a pagan, but his mother, St Monica, encouraged him towards Christianity even after he had lost his initial Christian faith. Inspired by Cicero’s Hortensius, in 373 he decided to pursue the life of a philosopher, becoming a Manichean and teaching the liberal arts in Thagaste before moving to Rome (383) and Milan (384), where he became a professor of rhetoric. At Milan, Augustine met the Christian Neoplatonist Simplicianus and Ambrose of Milan*, who was then bishop...

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