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Peter White
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)

A Commentary on Augustine's "Confessions Books 5-9"

In books 5 through 9 of the Confessions, St. Augustine describes the experience that caused him to abandon an official career in the Roman imperial capital and to take up a Christian life that would have far-reaching consequences for him and his church. My commentary on these books will explain the historical, religious, and intellectual milieu that Augustine invokes as the framework of his story. It will clarify the Latin expression of a text that blends Biblical and classical rhetoric in original but challenging ways. And it will examine the narrative methods that have made the Confessions an absorbing story for every generation of readers that comes to it.

Project fields:

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2011 – 6/30/2012