How Did Augustines’ Writing Survive in to the Early Middle Ages? – CHS 80


Augustine remains among the most well-known Fathers of the early Church. But, how did Augustine’s writings become known to a wider audience after his death? In this episode, we will explore how Augustine’s writings survived in to sixth century Italy through the work of Cassiodorus. Augustine had an initial audience among Italy’s Christians. Even from his earliest days as a priest and bishop, he was already receiving requests from friends and church officials in Italy to write books and letters in response to their questions. Italy was one of the primary places where Augustine had a voracious readership. On the basis of this readership, Cassiodorus, nearly 100 years after Augustine’s death, went hunting around the city of Rome and elsewhere for manuscripts of Augustine’s writings. Through these concerted efforts and through a strong network of colleagues, Cassiodorus was able to establish a formidable theological library with some of the writings of Augustine. Join us this week as we talk about the reception of Augustine’s writings in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.


The Earliest Known Image of Augustine from the Lateran Basilica

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