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Augustine’s rhetoric vs cicero’s rhetoric: which was the better rhetorician rhetoric is the ancient art of argumentation and discourse when we write or speak to convince others of what we believe, we are rhetors.
One of the most extensive resources on the internet for the study of early christianity “augustine on how he was influenced by reading cicero's hortensius” from confessions, 33.
In st augustine’s view cicero misunderstood the nature of a republic to begin with in july 2008 i reviewed jean bethke elshtain’s excellent book on sovereignty, which cites augustine’s critique of cicero, who defined a republic as an assemblage of people of common interests. Comparison of cicero and augustine introduction cicero's prose and virgil's poetry were so profoundly stamped on augustine's mind that he could seldom write many pages without some reminiscence or verbal allusion.
Augustine is anxious, contra the manicheans and cicero, to defend the compatibility of divine foreknowledge and human freedom by arguing that the free exercise of the will is among the events foreknown by god and that such foreknowledge in no way detracts from our culpability for our acts of willing [eg de libero arbitrio iii3 & 4 de. Augustine and platonism (by gillian clark, from pages 18-20 of the introduction to her cambridge latin edition of confessions, books i-iv ) after he became a manichaean, augustine continued to read philosophy, but was hampered by having a small range of books and by not knowing much greek.