PRINCIPAL DATES IN ST. AUGUSTINE’S LIFE

354   

Born on November 13, in Thagaste, Numidia Proconsularis, the son of Patricius and Monica.

354–365   

Infancy and first studies.

ca. 365–369   

Studies in Madauros.

369–370   

A year of idleness at home.

370   

Autumn, becomes a student of rhetoric in Carthage.

371–372   

Birth of his son Adeodatus; death of Patricius.

373   

Reads Cicero’s Hortensius and is aroused to a love of philosophy.

373–375   

Conducts a school at Thagaste.

ca. 373–384   

An auditor in the Manichean sect.

376   

Autumn, returns to Carthage and opens a school.

377   

Wins a poetry prize.

ca. 380   

Writes De pulchro et apto, his first published work.

383   

Autumn, opens a school of rhetoric in Rome. Affected by skepticism in philosophy.

384   

Becomes professor of rhetoric in Milan. Hears St. Ambrose preach; becomes a catechumen; studies Neoplatonic philosophy.

386    

Resigns chair of rhetoric; is converted to the Catholic Church. Retires with friends to a retreat at Cassiciacum.

387   

Easter, baptized, together with Adeodatus, at Milan. Autumn, death of Monica at Ostia.

388   

Return to Africa.

389–390   

Death of Adeodatus at Thagaste, where Augustine had established a religious community.

391   

Ordained priest at Hippo.

395   

Consecrated bishop and made assistant to Valerius, Bishop of Hippo.

ca. 397–400   

Writes his Confessions.

403–412   

Controversy with the Donatists.

412–421   

Controversy with the Pelagians.

413–426   

Writes The City of God.

416   

Publication of On the Trinity.

421   

Writes the Enchiridion.

427   

Writes his Retractions.

430   

August 28, dies during the siege of Hippo by the Vandals.

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