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Religions 2015, 6(2), 317-327;

Deposito Diademate: Augustine’s Emperors

Jepson School, University of Richmond, Room 232, Jepson Hall, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173, USA
Academic Editors: Scott McGinnis and Chris Metress
Received: 19 December 2014 / Revised: 12 February 2015 / Accepted: 15 February 2015 / Published: 31 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching Augustine)
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To assist colleagues from other disciplines who teach Augustine’s texts in their core courses, this contribution to the Lilly Colloquium discusses Augustine’s assessments of Emperors Constantine and Theodosius. His presentations of their tenure in office and their virtues suggest that his position on political leadership corresponds with his general skepticism about political platforms and platitudes. Yet careful reading of his revision of Ambrose’s account of Emperor Theodosius’s public penance and reconsideration of the last five sections of his fifth book City of God—as well as a reappraisal of several of his sermons on the Psalms—suggest that he proposes a radical alternative to political conformity relevant to undergraduates’ conventional expectations of society’s progress and their parts in it. View Full-Text
Keywords: Augustine; Constantine; Theodosius; regalia; humility; empire; ardor gloriae Augustine; Constantine; Theodosius; regalia; humility; empire; ardor gloriae
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