'Give me chastity, but not yet', Augustine famously prayed. His intimate spiritual masterpiece, The Confessions, has inspired millions for centuries. Robin Lane Fox's superb biography draws on new sources to give a revelatory portrait of one of the most remarkable and compelling personalities of the ancient world.
Robin Lane Fox is Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford, and was until 2014 Reader in Ancient History in Oxford University. He is the author of Pagans and Christians (1986), The Unauthorised Version (1992) and many books on classical history, including Alexander the Great (1973), The Classical World (2005) and Travelling Heroes (2008), all of which have been widely translated. He has been the gardening correspondent of the Financial Times since 1970.
Fifty years ago we learned how much more there was to say when
Peter Brown published his magnificent life, Augustine of Hippo
... [Lane Fox] has now done Brown one better ... Brown managed
to tell the whole story, from birth to death, with great economy
and flair. Fox aims for full immersion, and he conjures the
intellectual and social life of the late Roman empire with an
almost Proustian relish for detail. -- Mark Lilla * New York Times
Book Review *
Undoubtedly a watershed in Augustinian studies ... the magisterial and compellingly readable narrative ... makes full and creative use of all the best recent scholarship. -- Rowan Williams * New Statesman *