12. Augustine and Books

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Guy G. Stroumsa

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch12

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Stroumsa, G. G. (2012) Augustine and Books, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch12

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • Augustine, and his relationship with books;
  • late antiquity, an “age of scriptures”;
  • “private” and “public” uses of books;
  • circulation, outside conventional “book trade”;
  • “literary” works, displaced by codex;
  • the roll replacing codex, cognitive and cultural alterations;
  • Christian adoption of codex, universal;
  • private or personal uses of the Bible, the monastic milieux;
  • late antiquity, decadence, to unique, creativity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Books and Their Circulation in Roman Society

  • From Roll to Codex: An Alternative Form of the Book, New Ways of Reading

  • Christianity and Books

  • The Monastic Milieu: From Silent Reading to Lectio Divina

  • Conclusion: Augustine and the Transformation of Ancient Book Culture

  • Further Reading