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by Saint Augustine
Augustine Timeline and Summary
Augustine is born in Thagaste in 354 AD. His father Patricius is a pagan and his mother Monica is a Christian. He has a happy infancy but he can't remember it. As a teenager Augustine discovers sex. He discovers it over and over again, in fact. Augustine is sent to Carthage to study when he is seventeen. It's kind of like he went off to college. He falls in with some bad types in Carthage, the Manichees. Augustine returns to Thagaste and becomes a teacher of rhetoric and literature. But he eventually moves back to Carthage. Augustine decides to go to Rome when he is twenty-nine because he is sick of Carthage. Around this time, he breaks up with the Manichees. Not too long after arriving in Rome, he goes to Milan and meets Ambrose. Augustine's mother joins him in Italy because she just can't be away from her baby boy. Aww. Augustine starts to learn how to read the Scriptures. He thinks they should come packaged with a label that reads, Warning: The Scriptures may induce inner conflicts. After a lot of personal turmoil, Augustine finally decides to convert to Christianity. He does this basically because a voice in a garden told him to pick up a book and read it. Augustine and Co. are baptized and decide to go back to Africa. On the journey, Augustine's mom, Monica, dies. Her death is the last autobiographical event in the Confessions.