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Book VIII—"Pick It Up and Read"

Lecture no. 16 from the course: St. Augustine's Confessions

 Book VIII—"Pick It Up and Read"

Taught by Professor William R. Cook and 1 others | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

This lecture begins with a close look at Augustine's description of his addiction to sex: as chains of lust that bind his will. We then examine Augustine's dramatic description of his conversion. This scene has an important post-Augustinian afterlife, as a model for subsequent Christian conversions, and for such writers as Dante.

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