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Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is arguably the main influential philosopher and Latin writer of the Early Christian interval. His common legacy has been explored up to now purely partly, and principally with recognize to his textual reception. This interdisciplinary quantity makes an attempt to redress this emphasis with a collection of analyses of Augustine's impression within the visible arts, drama, devotional practices, song, the science-faith debate and psychotherapy. The incorporated experiences hint complex and sometimes astounding situations of Augustine's ubiquitous presence in highbrow, religious and creative phrases. the result's a much more differentiated and dynamic photo of the mechanisms in which the legacy of an historic determine can be perpetuated, together with the occasionally supra-rational and ingenious dimensions of transmission.

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9 As art cannot appropriately represent the immortal transcendent God, it is of only limited relevance to Christians. Augustine’s opposition to art as an end in itself may account for the simplicity of his own church in Hippo Regius. Moreover, Augustine, like many ecclesiastical writers before him, was strictly against attributing any kind of magical power to objects such as amulets but also images. Instead, he advises his congregation to find beauty not 6 Cf. Kollwitz, ‘Bild III (christlich)’ (see above, n.

14 For which see the contributions by Dorothea Weber and Goran Proot in this ­volume. art and authority 17 i­ ntervention. Societies and human individuals, in general, are constantly subjected to the paradox of the need for authority, on the one hand, and its questioning on the other. Authority can be observed in all areas of society and is also present in or through all media, including art. Operating on the assumption that around 80% of all information is absorbed through the eyes one would expect the visual arts to be a particularly prominent medium through which to convey, create or endorse authority, or, more precisely, to convey a certain concept of it.

Sometimes it is dated even into the fifth century, see S. de Blaauw, Cultus et Décor. Liturgia e architettura nella Roma tardoantica e medievale (Vatican City, 1994), pp. 111–2, or into the fourth-fifth century, see Tarsicius J. , Sint-Augustinus (Brussels, 2007), p. 8. For the following compare Pollmann, St Augustine the Algerian (see above, n. 9), pp. 18–21, which is here slightly updated and revised. 16 Description in Serge Lancel, Saint Augustin (Paris, 1999), pp. 9–10; see below fig. 1. 17 See for an up-to-date analysis and fresh perspective Warland, ‘Das älteste Bildnis’ (see above, n.

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