25. Controversialist: Augustine in Combat

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Caroline Humfress

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch25

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Humfress, C. (2012) Controversialist: Augustine in Combat, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch25

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • Augustine in combat, the controversialist;
  • Jerome, lampooning his opponents, in biting satire;
  • reading Augustine as the controversialist, varying from Jerome;
  • Augustine, “a career overburdened with controversy”;
  • rhetorical codes, in late antique controversy;
  • Augustine's polemical works, and written text;
  • Pelagian controversy, and oral condemnation;
  • Augustine's new rules of engagement;
  • “Force” of Augustine's words


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Rules of Engagement: Rhetorical Codes in Late Antique Controversy

  • Augustine's New Rules of Engagement

  • Conclusion: The “Force” of Augustine's Words

  • Further Reading