Saturday 21 March 2015

Sigrid Mratschek: The Unwritten Letters of Augustine of Hippo

My talk will deal with ‘unwritten letters' among the total of 270 letters of Augustine known to us (but without the recent Divjak and Dolbeau finds). They give us an excellent impression of the mechanisms of communication and conflict solving between Church and state in the west of the Roman Empire. Together with prosopographic facts from other collections of correspondence, records of African synods and imperial constitutions which have previously overlooked, the sources take on a life of their own. The result is an unfamiliar portrait of a man you all know well - Augustine of Hippo.

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