6. Love and Belonging, Loss and Betrayal in the Confessions

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Kate Cooper

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch6

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Cooper, K. (2012) Love and Belonging, Loss and Betrayal in the Confessions, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch6

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • the Confessions, love and belonging, loss and betrayal;
  • Augustine's youth, at the cost of a provincial ambition;
  • Augustine's schooling, bringing lessons in feeling;
  • novi hominess, a class among the order of decurions;
  • culture of novi hominess, as culture of displaced persons;
  • Augustine's own youth, in the Confessions, story of loss;
  • Chair of rhetoric at Milan, municipal appointment;
  • Augustine's awareness, over the uncertainty of human connection


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Rage of Juno

  • A Culture of Displaced Persons

  • “A wife with some money”

  • “She was the only one for me, and I was faithful to her”

  • “I recall him with no anxiety”

  • “She tried to win him for you”

  • “A total concentration of the heart”

  • A Separate Peace

  • Further Reading