The Pilgrim City

The Pilgrim City

Social and Political Ideas in the Writings of St Augustine of Hippo

R.W. Dyson


Boydell Press



St Augustine on the human condition, justice, the State, slavery, private property and war: essential sourcebook for historians of late classical and medieval thought.
The political and social ideas of St Augustine of Hippo are of central importance to the historian of late classical and medieval political thought: Augustine offers a penetrating critique of the moral and political claims of imperial Rome, and he is one of the founders of the Christian political thought of the middle ages. But the student's task is made difficult by the fact that Augustine did not write a single, systematic political treatise. His political remarks are always incidental to his theological and pastoral concerns; they occur in many different contexts; they have to be dissected out from a great variety of works. In this volume, Dr Dyson brings together an extensive selection of primary sources and provides a detailed commentary on them. The result is a full and wide-ranging narrative account of St Augustine's thinking on the human condition, justice, the State, slavery, private property and war. This comprehensive sourcebook will be of value to students of St Augustine at all levels.Dr R W DYSON lectures in the department of politics, University of Durham.


February 2001
229 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851158198
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
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As complete a reconstruction as is possible of Augustine's thinking concerning sin and history, the state, social institutions, war, and the church amd the state... helpful to historians of the ancient world's political thought. THEOLOGY [from the perspective of a first-year history student, Dyson has put together] a useful collection of primary texts in translation. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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R. W. Dyson is a former lecturer in Political Thought and the former Director of the Centre for the History of Political Thought at the University of Durham, England.

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