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Biography Of St. Augustine Of Hippo

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Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine (354-430) better known by Augustine of Hippo was a North African native. Most of his life was spent as a Christian bishop at Hippo Regius, North Africa, it was also where he earned his common name Augustine of Hippo. He was born in a small town named Tagaste (modern Algeria) and lived a morally life as his thoughts on life changes as he ages. Although he lived through tough times, throughout his life, he was most famously known for his autobiography (Confessions), his great educational accomplishments, and his spread of Christianity. His mother, Monica, was a Christian, while his father, Patritius, did not care for the belief. However, his whole family died a Christian family. Augustine was raised a Christian to a family who lived in poverty, but during his early years he did not care much for the Bible, and instead showed very sinful behaviors toward the Bible.
As a child, Augustine disliked the Bible. He liked the Manichaeism way of life better so he participated in it. Manichaeism was a religion blended with other religions and consisted of good and evil. He has stolen pears from nearby neighbors not because he needed it, but just for the enjoyment of stealing. He hated learning because he was forced to do it. Despite his behaviors, Patritius, his father felt he had great talents with communication and speeches. By age 16, Patritius sent Augustine to go study rhetoric at Carthage, which was the state capital. However, Augustine did not start until 17, because his father had to save up for the expenses.
During his time at Carthage, Augustine came to realize he developed passion for stage plays. From understanding plays, he realized that many of the students were “overturners.” These were students who claimed to have “wild actions with lack of discipline” (p.1230). Because he did not like this, he chose to set a goal and wanted to shine. He went on to read about the importance eloquence and then a book, Hortensius, written by Cicero to search for the truth. He finished his studies and started educating at Carthage about effective speaking and eventually became well-known for it. Later, he heard of a better occupation and nicer students in Rome so he took the chance.
In Rome, Augustine faced big struggles as he left his mother behind and encountered many of these Manichaeism, something he liked as a child....

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