When Augustine proposed this task he had already planned and made some progress with his own De civitate Dei; it is the same argument that is elaborated by his disciple, namely, the evidence from history that the circumstances of the world had not really become worse since the introduction of Christianity.
C. Wagenseil, De civitate Noribergensi (1697).
He attended lectures on grammar, and his favourite work was St Augustine's De civitate Dei, He caused Frankish sagas to be collected, began a grammar of his native tongue, and spent some of his last hours in correcting a text of the Vulgate.
At the instance of his friend Erasmus he prepared an elaborate commentary on Augustine's De Civitate Dei, which was published in 1522 with a dedication to Henry VIII.
In his survey of the " liberal arts " St Augustine imitates (as we have seen) the Disciplinae of Varro, and in the greatest of his works, the De Civitate Dei (426), he has preserved large portions of the Antiquitates of Varro and the De Republica of Cicero.
Augustine (De civitate dei, vi.
3 The subject he chose was a compromise between theology and the humanities, being St Augustine's De civitate.
See Augustine, De civitate dei, iv.
2 De Civitate Dei, xi.
but in other passages he expresses conflicting opinions (De civitate, xx.
Our knowledge of this great book is to a large extent derived from the works of the early Christian writers, and especially from Augustine's De Civitate Dei.
St Ambrose, Ep. 29 and St Augustine, De civitate Dei, xxii.
The army which he led towards Apulia in 1053 was, however, overthrown at Civitate on the Fortore by the Normans united under Humfrey, Guiscard and Richard of Aversa.
This development was forwarded by Augustine, who in his famous work De civitate Dei identified the Church with the kingdom of God, and claimed that it was supreme over all the nations of the earth, which make up the civitas terrena or earthly state.
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