O'Donnell wrote in his on-line article, "Augustine the African"
To survive this ordeal, he must visit the three realms of the afterlife, beginning with Hell.” (Smith) Dante’s Inferno, one of the great classical poems that have come out of literature that’s topic is hell.
And Augustine, as a bishop of his time, used his resources well.
Cantos 5-8 take us quickly through four additional circles of hell, the so called circles ofIncontinence, creating thereby the effect of a rapid and dizzying descent.
But, like Ambrose and many of hisHellenized contemporaries (and, as we saw earlier, many Old Testament saints),Augustine couldn’t stop himself from using carnal Reason when it seemedappropriate.
Augustine was blessed with the art of persuasion and used it in sin.
-Saint Augustine’s Confession is a combination of autobiography, philosophy, theology and critical interpretation of the Holy Bible. First nine books are the autobiography from his childhood to his conversion to Catholicism and the last four books deal with religious and philosophical topics. Book X is about memory, Book XI about time and
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eternity, and Book XII and XIII is an interpretation of the Book of Genesis. The recurring theme of his work is redemption. The work is aim to bring back the creation of God and to inspire others to support this return. A confession in Augustine’s time means both knowing the guilt and praise God.
Augustine decided to enlist the Emperor in this matter of doctrine.
As one might expect, therefore, in canto XI, when Virgil explains the structure of Inferno byclassification of sins, he follows pre-Christian traditions, an amalgam of Aristotle and Cicero.
Here, Augustine can also reside for all eternity.
-referenced to Augustine’s journey to overcome his secular life and abandon the pagan world. out is in the Book X of Augustine’s Confession. is an allusion to the Buddhist “ Fire Sermon,” in which Buddha preaches about abandoning the fire of lust and other passions that destroy people. Both Buddha and Augustine warn against the physical urges as prevent people from achieving higher lives and freedom. According to T.S. Eliot, the reason for having both these two characters is to represent the Western and Eastern ascetism. The next section of the poem, "Death by Water," in which there is no ressurection after death, Eliot somewhat mocks these two individual's faith in a higher power. The last "burning" was meant to say that all struggle in life is futile, and eventually leads to death.
Behind the scenes with St Augustine’s preparing for the Inferno
One of the sins Augustine speaks of committing is the flattery of the young Valentinian Emperor: “I was preparing an oration in praise of the Emperor in which I was to utter any number of lies to win the applause of people who knew they were lies” (Confessions, 991).