Catherine Conybeare F'19

Catherine  Conybeare
Professor
Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies
Bryn Mawr College

ACLS Fellowship Program 2019
Professor
Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies
Bryn Mawr College
Augustine the African

Scattered references in writings throughout his life show that Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE) was intensely aware of himself as an African. Yet his intellectual legacy has been subsumed into the purported universalism of a Eurocentric history of ideas. This book reconsiders Augustine's works, particularly the letters and sermons, which are less formal and less well-known than his grand treatises, to produce a detailed account of the Africanness of Augustine. The focus on an African perspective, rather than a Roman or “universal” one, yields a completely new account of Augustine’s thought and significance.