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(AD 331/2 to 387). Mother of Augustinus, from a Christian family in North Africa. She had at least four children from her marriage to the non-Christian Patricius in Thagaste. Our knowledge of M. is limited to what we know through Augustine. Even her epitaph is only a testimonial to her connection with her son (and the beginnings of her veneration as a saint) [1]. M.'s religious influence on her husband and children must have been considerable. Augustine's Confessiones depicts her as a constant - sometimes undesired - companion of her son (Aug. Conf. 1,6,7-…

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Schindler, Alfred (Heidelberg), “Monnica”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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