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"Strangely does lust refuse to be a servant not only to the will, but even to the lust…and although on the whole it is totally opposed to the mind’s control, it is quite often divided against itself" (Augustine, City of God, Bk. 14, ch. 16).

City of God



354 CE – 430 CE

Augustine is the author of the Confessions, an account of the author's young life, his intellectual struggles, and his conversion to Christianity. While many ancient Greeks and Romans wrote works about themselves, Augustine’s autobiography is unique for the degree to which it projects an individual’s personal history as a symbolic narrative.


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