The Use of Alexander the Great in Augustine’s City of God

Augustinian Studies 39 (1):113-128 (2008)

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Brian Harding
Texas Woman's University
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This paper focuses on the figure of Alexander the Great in Augustine's City of God. It argues that Alexander is used to as a negative exemplar, showing the short coming of Roman virtue. It is easier for Augustine's interlocutors to recognize the flaws in Alexander (a non-Roman) than to recognize flaws in Roman heroes. However, once the flaws in Alexander are identified, the flaws in Rome are easier to discern.
Keywords Augustine  Alexander the Great  Lust for Domination
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