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Study in Carthage


At 17, bright young Augustine was sent to study rhetoric in Carthage (modern-day Tunisia). His year there was evidently eventful: when he was not studying he led a profligate lifestyle, taking up with a young woman who was to be his mistress for the next thirteen years, fathered a son whom he named Adeodatus (‘Given to God’), and converted to Manichaeism, rejecting the faith of his mother Monica.

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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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