13. Augustine and the Latin Classics

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Danuta Shanzer

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch13

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Shanzer, D. (2012) Augustine and the Latin Classics, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch13

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Manchester, England, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • texts, Augustine and the Latin classics;
  • Augustine's use of Latin classics, in its historical context;
  • Christian Latin Sondersprache (“special language”);
  • Christian Latin, battle of language and style;
  • wars over style, matter or substance, De idololatria of Tertullian;
  • Christian Latin writers, dangers of metaphorical, idolatry;
  • early Christian writing in Latin, distancing from pagan literature;
  • Latin classics, programmatic citation and allusion


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Style and Substance

  • Augustine and the Latin Classics

  • Modes of Citation

  • Augustine in and above the Waters of Babylon

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading