The Confessions2.0 1 5 Author: Saint Augustine of Hippo
At the age of 11, Augustine was sent to school at Madaurus, a small Numidian city about 31 km from Thagaste and at 17 he moved to Carthage to continue his education in rhetoric.
It was in Carthage that he read Cicero's ‘Hortensius’ which was to leave a lasting impression. Although raised by his Mother as a Christian he now left the church to follow the very popular Manichaean religion.
Augustine taught grammar at Thagaste during 373 and 374. The following year he moved to a school of rhetoric in Carthage and remained there for nine years.
He was successful in obtaining, at the Imperial court at Milan, the job of rhetoric professor. He moved to Milan in late 384 and was now, at age 30, in the most visible academic position in the Latin world. He now also began to pivot to the Christian faith at the urging and guidance of his new friend; Ambrose of Milan.
In late the August of 386, Augustine converted to Christianity.
Augustine was ordained a priest in 391 at Hippo Regius, in Algeria. His fame as a preacher was widespread and incredibly 350 of his sermons have survived, all of which are believed to be authentic.
In 395, he was made co-adjutor Bishop of Hippo, gaining the full title of Bishop shortly afterwards, hence the name ‘Augustine of Hippo’. He wrote his autobiographical ‘Confessions’ in 397–398. His work ‘The City of God’ was written to console his fellow Christians in the wake of the Visigoths sacking Rome in 410.
In 429, the Vandals, a Germanic tribe, invaded Roman Africa. They besieged Hippo in the spring of 430, where Augustine’s health was now in terminal decline. He died on 28th August 430.
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