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12/01/09

Permalink 11:31:57 pm, by Chris Jones Email , 362 words, 3055 views   English (US)
Categories: Augustine's Confessions

Amare et Amari amabam

The brief opening of book III provides perhaps the best of Augustine’s Latin. The famous initial sentence Veni Carthaginem, et circumstrepebat me undique sartago flagitiosorum amorum gives the reader an immediate thrill; note the bustling effect of the ingenious pun Karthago/sartago and the unusual, onomatopoeic verb circumstrepo.

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Qui sciet quae quoque sint modo dicenda, nisi tamen in procinctu paratamque ad omnis casus habuerit eloquentiam, velut clausis thesauris incubabit.

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