Study Guide

Confessions Characters

By Saint Augustine

Augustine

By the time you finish the Confessions, you imagine that you know Augustine pretty intimately....

Adeodatus

Adeodatus is Augustine's son by his long-term mistress. He's very smart (for a sixteen year-old,...

Alypius

Alypius is one of Augustine's BFFs from Carthage. He also goes with him to Italy. Alypius's main...

Ambrose

Ambrose is the much-loved bishop of Milan, and one of Augustine's major mentors in his eventual...

Faustus

Faustus is a hyped-up Manichaean speaker whose logic fails to impress Augustine.

Firminus

Firminus is a friend of Augustine's who is really into astrology… kind of like your aunt...

Monica, a.k.a. Augustine's Mother

Monica's job in the Confessions is mostly to cry and beseech God for Augustine's soul. But hey,...

Nebridius

Augustine's other bestie who is also obsessed with the search for truth. He converts not long...

Patricius

Patricius is Augustine's father. He's irreligious, unfaithful to his wife, and he has a hot...

Simplicianus

A devout bishop in Milan and the spiritual mentor of Ambrose. He tells Augustine the story of...

Vercundus

Augustine stays with Vercundus out in the country after he converts. Vercundus is married, so he...

Victorinus

Victorinus is a friend of Simplicianus who translated the Platonists from Greek to Latin. He...

Vindicianus

A doctor friend of Augustine's who advises him against believing in astrology.