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Augustine of Hippo
(4,400 words)

[German Version]

(Nov 13, 354, Thagaste – Apr 28, 430, Hippo Regius)

I. Life – II. Works – III. Influence

I. Life

1. Youth.

Augustine himself has supplied a wealth of information with a relative chronology (esp. in his Confessiones, Retractationes, and Epistulae); the biography of his younger friend Possidius is also important. Augustine was born in the city of Thagaste in Roman North Africa (Souk Ahras, Algeria). His mother, Monica, was a Catholic Christian, and his father, Patricius, belonged to one of the cur…

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Mühlenberg, Ekkehard, “Augustine of Hippo”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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