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Separation from mistress

385

Augustine’s mother Monica had followed him to Milan and arranged a marriage for him with a very young heiress. In 385, though it grieved him, he broke off his relationship with his mistress, the mother of Adeodatus, and she returned to Carthage, leaving their son in Augustine’s care. He took another concubine before his fiancée came of age, and then broke off both of those relationships and remained unmarried for the rest of his life. It seems from his writings that he had loved his mistress deeply and may even have considered their relationship a sort of marriage.

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Augustine of Hippo

Saint Augustine of Hippo was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in…

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