Augustine, also known as Augustine of Hippo, was born Aurelius Augustinus in 354 CE in Roman North Africa (now eastern Algeria) and died in 430 CE. He was a Catholic theologian, bishop, and philosopher of Berber descent. His famous works Confessions and City of God are discussed in this Guide. Confessions is also treated more thoroughly in a separate SparkNotes Guide here.


Read a single-section Summary & Analysis of Confessions or a single-section Summary & Analysis of City of God here.

Core Ideas

Read descriptions of some of the main underlying ideas in Confessions and The City of God.

Deeper Study

Learn more about the life, writings, and influence of Augustine.


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