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Foundational Texts for the Renaissance

Augustine's City of God

The Renaissance Centre is running a reading group on authors with a foundational importance for the Renaissance period. This year’s programme (Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00 in H2.45) will be on Saint Augustine’s City of God. The first meeting will be on the 2nd of October 2019. Participants should purchase a copy of Augustine’s City of God (the Cambridge edition pirctured on the right is a good one, but the text with facing translation is also accessible via the library's Loeb Classics subscription).

The plan is to read through the whole of the work over the course of this academic year and to discuss the passages with students and colleagues from various disciplines (including—but not limited to—Classics, Philosophy, Politics, History, Literature, Liberal Arts, and Modern Languages).

The reading group is a friendly, discussion-driven environment open to all interested members of the university including senior and junior academic staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students, along with administrative and support staff. The group also welcomes non-university members.

Sessions will be led on a rotating basis by group members. Though it is very welcomed, no prior knowledge or expertise in the text is necessary to participate.

Members are expected to complete the assigned readings prior to each session.

Reading Schedule:

Term 1

For 2 October: read City of God book I

For 9 October: read City of God books 2 and 3

For 16 October: read City of God book 4

For 23 October: read City of God book 5

For 30 October: read City of God book 6

6 November: no meeting (reading week)

For 13 November : read City of God book 7

For 20 November : read City of God book 8

For 27 November: read City of God book 9

For 4 December : read City of God book 10

Term 2

For 8 January: read City of God books 11-12 (beginning of part 2)

For 15 January: read City of God books 13-14

For 22 January: read City of God book 15

For 29 January: read City of God book 16

For 5 February read City of God books 17-18

12 February: no meeting (reading week)

For 19 February: read City of God book 19

For 26 February: read City of God book 20

For 4 March: read City of God books 21

For 11 March: read City of God book 22

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For any queries, please email the group's convenor, Dr. Bryan Brazeau (Liberal Arts):

B.Brazeau@warwick.ac.uk