The many woes of a bishop: Augustine’s sermons and Caesarius of Arles

Like all his other works, Augustine’s sermons were taken across the Mediterranean and copied and recopied throughout the Middle Ages. A crucial link in this chain of sermon manuscripts was Caesarius of Arles, who lived from c. 470 to 542 AD.

Augustine’s first editor: Eugippius of Castellum Lucullanum

I would label him one of Augustine’s first editors, publishers, and publicists, because, just like a modern editor, Eugippius did three things to make his author a success.

A Tale of Fate and Chance: The Oldest Surviving Manuscripts of Augustine’s Works

Imagine putting pen to paper today and copying down a text in longhand. What are the chances it will still be around by the year 3500 AD? What would that require?

All roads lead to Rome: The rescue of Augustine’s library in the 5th century AD

How did Augustine’s writings take their first, crucial steps in a centuries-long journey? How did they succeed in defeating the odds?

5,000,000 words: How St. Augustine’s works made it into the Middle Ages

This is the first in a series that will look over the shoulder of medieval readers to discover how they shaped Augustine’s legacy, and created an image of the man that has endured to our times.

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