By Paula J. Rose

In De cura seasoned mortuis gerenda Augustine interweaves an evaluate of burial close to the memorial of a martyr with a sequence of dream narratives. The seeming loss of coherence among argument and narrative during this treatise has wondered many scholars.
Combining an research of the general constitution of the argument and an in depth philological remark, this research exhibits that Augustine’s textual content types a well-composed harmony. The research is predicated on discourse-linguistic and narratological techniques in addition to an research of the worldwide constitution of the narratives. counting on this mixed technique Rose demonstrates how Augustine explores the complete breadth of his narrative fabric within the carrier of his argument. moreover, this e-book situates Augustine’s textual content in its cultural-historical context.

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26 Trout (1999: 15). 27 Trout (1999: 16). 23 epistolary friendship 13 In 366–367, Ausonius had become a teacher at the imperial court in Trier. Probably due to this influential friend and patron, Paulinus obtained the post of consularis in Campania around 381. He had been consul suffectus around 378;28 it is not sure whether he actually exercised this office. As a boy, Paulinus visited the shrine of Felix (see carm. 29 By the time he had become governor of Campania, he undertook the development of the area around the shrine.

S. 6, where Augustine refers to the Easter holidays with istis quindecim diebus; cod. Theod. 3, where the fortnight of Easter is counted among the holidays: sacros quoque paschae dies, qui septeno uel praecedunt numero uel sequuntur, in eadem obseruatione numeramus. For these and other instances, see also the introduction by Mutzenbecher to her 1975 edition of Dulc. , p. CXI and n. 7sqq. It seems a bit odd that Augustine would have linked the date of one day (30 March) to the entire period of fifteen days that are included in the indication pascha.

64 Delmaire (1989: 148–149), however, strongly doubts whether a marriage, definitely advised against by Ambrose, would have taken place. 2. Social Background Whether or not Flora was Paternus’ granddaughter and was married to his son Cynegius, she certainly belonged to the upper class, which is indicated by several facts mentioned in the first section of cura mort. In the first place, she corresponded directly with a renowned bishop in Italy, Paulinus of Nola. He administered the grave of Felix, an important memoria in Italy, or, as Matthews (1975: 143) specifies, “the most fashionable resort of ascetic Christianity in Italy”.

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