5. Spes Saeculi

Augustine's Worldly Ambition and Career

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. R. S. O. Tomlin

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch5

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Tomlin, R. S. O. (2012) Spes Saeculi, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch5

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • Confessions;
  • Spes Saeculi, Augustine's worldly ambition and career;
  • conversion from worldly ambition, turning point in Augustine's life;
  • Augustine's disillusionment, puzzling contemporaries;
  • The Donatists' accusations against Augustine, escaping persecution;
  • Augustine's importance in Milan, suppression in the Confessions;
  • intellectual life of late antiquity, and the Middle Ages;
  • Manichean friends, and chair of rhetoric at Milan;
  • Augustine, in the Confessions, qualified to teach the rhetoric


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  • Further Reading