Augustine and the City of God – Chapter 9

Chapter 9.—Of the Reasons for Administering Correction to Bad and Good Together. What, then, have the Christians suffered in that calamitous period, which would not profit every one who duly and faithfully considered the following circumstances?  First of all, they must humbly consider those very sins which have provoked God to fill the world with […]

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St. Augustine and the City of God -Chapter 7

Chapter 7.—That the Cruelties Which Occurred in the Sack of Rome Were in Accordance with the Custom of War, Whereas the Acts of Clemency Resulted from the Influence of Christ’s Name. All the spoiling, then, which Rome was exposed to in the recent calamity—all the slaughter, plundering, burning, and misery—was the result of the custom […]

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St. Augustine – The City of God – Chapter 5

Chapter 5.—Cæsar’s Statement Regarding the Universal Custom of an Enemy When Sacking a City. Even Cæsar himself gives us positive testimony regarding this custom; for, in his deliverance in the senate about the conspirators, he says (as Sallust, a historian of distinguished veracity, writes) “that virgins and boys are violated, children torn from the embrace […]

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