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13 See I,vi,8 Post/memini (6/8-11). 14 This adage, in the form homo animal cachinnable, is found in Apuleius (De dogmate Platonis, 3). Martianus Capella, a younger contemporary of Augustine's from Carthage, uses the saying as an incontrovertible and long accepted example in his discussion of dialectic in The Marriage of Philology and Mercury. " The translation is from the edition by W. H. Stahl, R. Johnson, and E. L. Bunge, Martianus Capella and the Seven Liberal Arts, New York, Columbia University Press, 1971-1977, Vol.
45-54. 2 I intend each of these adjectives to characterize one of the five false relations to God through which Augustine moved from the time he came to rational self-consciousness in childhood until just before his conversion. These are, (i) the insouciance of childhood, (ii) the rebellion of adolescence, (Hi) the dualism of Manichaeism, (iv) the doubt of scepticism, and (v) the final stage when he knew that Christianity not only had the true idea of God in common with the Platonists but also a true mediator, yet he remained unwilling to join the church.
Bounding the lowest part of the underworld, see Vergil, Aeneid VI, 577. The violent, tortured course of this raging "gulf" (gurges — 25/22) is described in a masterpiece of Augustinian pungency in II,ii,2. On Augustine's use of this image see H. Rondet, "Le symbolisme de la mer chez saint Augustin," Augustinus Magister, Vol. 2, pp. 691-701 and the additions made by F. Chatillon, "References et remarques complementaires sur le symbolisme de la mer chez saint Augustin," Revue du moyen age latin, 10 (1954), 218-19.
Augustine’s Conversion: A Guide to the Argument of Confessions I-IX by Colin Starnes