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The Creation of the World and Self-Consciousness in Book XIII of the Confessions, §§ 1-3

Lorenzo Mammì


In the beginning of book XIII of the Confessions, Augustine interprets the first verses of the Genesis as an entanglement of narratives on the creation of the world, on the emergence of consciousness, and on the history of conversion. To this end, he resorts to Neoplatonic sources as well as to a Christian tradition almost consolidated at that time. One of his sources could have been Mario Victorinus’ Trinity Treatises.


Augustine of Hippo, Latin Patrology, Biblical Exegesis, Creation of the World, Christian Neoplatonism, Confessions.

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