Confessions by Augustine of Hippo


Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature. Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century A.D. and during his first years as a bishop, they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life. Books I-IV are concerned with infancy and learning to talk, schooldays, sexual desire and adolescent rebellion, intense friendships and inte...

Details Confessions

Release DateJun 25th, 1998
PublisherOxford University Press
GenrePhilosophy, Classics, Religion, Theology, Nonfiction, Christianity, History

Reviews Confessions

  • K.D. Absolutely
    I never dreamed that one day I would finished reading a 300-page memoir written by a ancient Catholic saint. See, how many saints who lived during the first millennium have written himself a memoir?I twice tried to read The Holy Bible (once in English and once in Tagalog) from cover to cover but failed. I just got distracted by too many details and hard-to-remember names and ancient places and I could not appreciate what were all those characters...
  • Sarah
    Chadwick's translation of Augustine's Confessions (note that this is a confession to God, while read by men) is one of the best. It is not costly in a monetary sense; new it is a mere 6.95. However, it is deceptively short. A chapter will take you two hours if you give it the attention it deserves. Augustine is a circular writer. He is not a bad writer - he was known to be a merciless editor, in fact. But he goes around and around, especially lat...
  • Mahdi Lotfi
    اورلیوس آگوستین در ۱۳ نوامبر سال ۳۵۴م در تاگاست، ناحیهی رومی نومیدیا ـ الجزایر کنونی ـ متولد شد و در ۲۸ اوت ۴۳۰م، در هیپون ـ که به دست واندالها اشغال شده بود ـ دیده از جهان فروبست. مفروض است که خانوادهی او ریشهی بربر داشتهاند. پدرش پاتریسیوس بیایمان ...
  • Sean Wilson
    "Day after day I postponed living in you, but I never put off the death which I died each day in myself. I longed for a life of happiness but I was frightened to approach it in its own domain; and yet, while I fled from it, I still searched for it." Reading Augustine of Hippo's Confessions is like plunging into a deep, dark abyss and seeing a slither of light at the far side of the endless tunnel, unaware of whether you reach it or not; for Confe...
  • James
    It was slow, it was dense, and it was militantly Christian. So why is that The Confessions is such an unavoidably fascinating work? Augustine appears here as a fully realized person, with all the good and the bad that that implies; it's as if the book was a conversation with God and a fly-on-the-wall was taking dictation. Since God obviously would have known Augustine's transgressions before they even occurred, Augustine thus has nothing to hide ...
  • James
    I have read this book several times, both as part of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago and most recently as one of the monthly selections of a reading group in which I participate. Like all classics it bears rereading and yields new insights each time I read it. But it also is unchanging in ways that struck me when I first read it; for Augustine's Confessions seem almost modern in the telling with a psychological...
  • Camille Stein
    Vittore Carpaccio | ¿Qué es, pues, el tiempo? ¿Quién podrá explicar esto fácil y brevemente? ¿Quién podrá comprenderlo con el pensamiento, para hablar luego de él? Y, sin embargo, ¿qué cosa más familiar y conocida mentamos en nuestras conversaciones que el tiempo? Y cuando hablamos de él, sabemos sin duda qué es, como sabemos o entendemos lo que es cuando lo oímos pronunciar a otro. ¿Qué es, pues, el tiempo? S...
  • Guy Austin
    “Why then should I be concerned for human readers to hear my confessions? It is not they who are going to ‘heal my sicknesses’. The human race is inquisitive about other people’s lives, but negligent to correct their own.”I was very excited to read this book; Confessions by St Augustine. Having been an inspiration to so many including John Calvin, Martin Luther and so many others. It is a memoir like few others. One of the first of its ...
  • Greg Garrett
    I used to hate Augustine of Hippo. I found him too anxious, too focused on the sexual sins he was sure he was committing, and too sure about the fallen nature of human beings. The Confessions changed all that for me. It's like how when you meet someone you can't judge them in the same way any more; The Confessions helped me understand that Augustine--like everyone--was trying to understand his life, his place in the world, and his motivations for...
  • Katie
    St. Augustine’s Confessions is such a lovely and honest book. I’d recommend it to everyone, if people who aren’t remotely religious. It’s one of those works that really manages to encapsulate certain feelings and articulate them in ways that are clear but also sort of startling in their clarity, saying obvious things in ways you’d never quite thought of before. Take this bit from Book 8: “In my heart I kept saying ‘Let it be now, le...
  • Nelson Zagalo
    Poderia chamar-se A Conversão, porque mais do que confessar os seus pecados, ainda que o faça, Agostinho traça a história da sua própria personagem, em jeito de autobiografia, dando conta do lugar comum de onde veio, igual ao de tantos outros, pejado dos mesmos dilemas, dos mesmos pecados, a partir do qual conseguiu, por meio de uma escolha profundamente refletida e munida de vontade, transformar-se, libertar-se, para chegar a Deus.“Assim,...
  • Jerome Peterson
    "Confessions" is the type of book with a heavy dynamic caliber that it should be read slow, thoughtfully, and with a highlighter. Saint Augustine doe not hold back in his shortcomings. He paints a black, very personal, wicked youth. He confesses all and bares his soul. The passages about his mother were extremely soulful revealing the man as an affectionate son. He writes with hopeful authority; yet in a humble voice and always in a way that I co...
  • حسين إسماعيل
    أهملت الفصلين الأخيرين لأنه بدأ يغوص في أعماق بعض العقائد المسيحية، ولكوني غير ملم بالجدل الذي كان يدور حولها فلم أستفد من الخمسين صفحة التي قرأتها منها.الكتاب كنز عظيم وإثراء لأي قارئ، وترجمة إبراهيم الغربي (عن اللاتينية) بليغة ومميزة جدا. يؤرخ أ...
  • Tijana
    Prvo, Avgustin je veliki mislilac, beskrajno uticajan teolog, prefinjen psiholog i sjajan stilista. Drugo, Avgustin je zli smarač.Zli. Smarač.Koliko god da su ispovedni delovi Ispovesti - po slobodnoj proceni oko polovine - fenomenalan uvid u spor i mučan proces preobraćanja i psihologiju ne-tako-ranog hrišćanina, toliko umeju i da zaškripe u sukobu sa modernim senzibilitetom: manje kad npr. piše o svom odnosu sa dugogodišnjom ljubavnico...
  • Gwen Burrow
    Feels rather like reading the Psalms. That should tell you it's good.
  • Bülent Çallı
    Augustinus büyük bir düşünür. En büyük eseri İtiraflar, aslında onun özyaşam öyküsü. Kendine göre, Katolik inancına geçerek doğru yolu nasıl bulduğunu anlatıyor. Bir yandan da bu inancı bulana dek saptığı yanlış yollar için Tanrı'dan af diliyor. St. Augustinus 354 yılında dünyaya gelmiş. 650 sayfalık kitabın ilk yarısı, bu yıllardaki yaşamı ve insanları anlattığı için enteresan. Augustinus doğru yolu...
  • Michael
    Written during the waning of the Roman Empire around 400AD, this account of the early life of a seminal theologian of the Catholic church is a personal perspective on what he regards as his sinful life leading up to his conversion. His writing is surprisingly accessible, almost modern in its approach to weighing the factors that contribute to growing up. His mother was a Christian, but he took a long time to come around. He excelled in school and...
  • Justin Evans
    Considering that the style of Augie's work is completely and utterly impenetrable, this is actually a pretty decent read. Just come to it expecting circularity, meditation, rapturous theology and self-flagellation, and you'll come away impressed. Don't expect anything linear, and you'll be all the more impressed when he ends up, every now and then, out-Aristotling Aristotle with arguments of the (x-->y)&(y-->z)&(z-->p)&(p-->q); ~x is absurd; ther...
  • Sean
    In his "Confessions", Augustine tells the story of his early life and ultimate acceptance of a Christian life. Augustine was born in 354 on a farm in Algeria, the son of a Christian mother and a pagan father. He describes his early life, during which time he mastered Latin literature and became a teacher of literature and public speaking.Augustine describes in detail his secular life, marriage of 15 years, as well as his personal spiritual journe...
  • Banner
    The Confessions of St. Augustine: Modern English VersionJust finished the Modern English Version.First let me say that this is an amazing work that modern Christians would greatly benifit from reading.Regardless of your faith you will appreciate the insight into Augustine's worldview and logical mind.I enjoyed this version but will go back to Chadwick for the next read.
  • Zachary McIntire
    Having read the comments of a GR friend about the difficulty of reading the unabridged Confessions, I'm glad it was this excerpted version that I ended up with instead. (I inherited it from a friend who went abroad and couldn't take his books with him.) I have to say, even this edition was challenging at times: I had to reread a lot of paragraphs to unpack the author's meaning, and some of them were still so dense to me that I just gave up and mo...
  • Petruccio Hambasket IV
    Five stars isn't enough, but it's all I have.
  • Genni
    What can I say about The Confessions that has not already been said? Not much. So I will just mention my slightly unusual reason for reading it.I recently read the only Latin novel to survive in it's entirety from antiquty, The Golden Ass, translated by P. G. Walsh. In the introduction, Walsh made this statement, "On two occasions Augustine associates him (Apuleius) specifically with the town; it must have been during his brief studies there that...
  • Erik Graff
    I've read this book twice now, once in seminary in New York for myself and once in graduate school in Chicago for a class on Augustine taught by David Hassel, S.J. Eight years had intervened, so the rereading was not unpleasant.Most of the books of the Confessions are surprisingly accessible. The jaring elements for most moderns would probably be, one, the lengthy excurses about theology in the later books; two, the callous disregard he displays ...
  • Jeff Miller
    Been over a decade since I last read this, but still it enraptures me. This time around I noticed just how much scripture was weaved into everything he said. Often he blends St. Paul into whatever he is talking about; especially in the later chapters after the main part of his conversion story.Also this time I tried an audiobook version for my commute.The narrator was Bernard Mayes whose voice matched the material. Kind of British professorial.Di...
  • Barnaby Thieme
    Augustine's Confessions is a literary masterpiece of world-historical importance, to be sure. There is hardly a subsequent European Christian author for whom his work did not loom as the very paradigm of how doctrine is to be approached, and how it is to illuminate one's individual life and reflection. It forms the acme of moral inventory and autobiographical reflection, and contributes mightily to the European concept of interiority and subjecti...