Augustine: Confessions

(3036 words)

Augustine’s Confessions (probably written between 397 and 401 CE) is widely considered “a classic of modern literature” (O’Donnell 2005: 63) and remains one of the most popular and accessible works from the ancient world. It is a confession of sin as well as a confession of faith and of praise to God. Displaying a degree of introspection unknown in earlier literature, it is commonly described as the first modern autobiography. There are various reasons why readers today (those who know Latin, but also those who have no background in the classics and only have access to the translation) still respond emotionally and intellectually to this fascinating work.

It may be, above all, Augustine’s …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Kotzé , Annemaré . "Confessions". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 March 2012
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5912, accessed 24 November 2014.]