Auguftinus de Ciuitate Dei cum Commento

Auguftinus de Ciuitate Dei cum Commento
Alternative Title
Augustine the City of God with Commentary
The City of God
Divi Aurelii de Civitate Dei
This book contains a later edition of Saint Augustine's foundational text, "The City of God" with accompanying commentary. Originally written around 413-426 AD, Augustine's work was a reaction against arguments that the barbarian sacking of Rome in 410 AD was a direct result of "the abolition of pagan worship by Christian emperors." He responded by saying that Rome fell due to "internal moral decay" and that "Christianity saved the city from complete destruction" (The Editors).

Additionally, the text theorized on two different cities, "The City of God" and "The City of Man," which justified the use of a unified church and state in order to keep another Roman fall from happening. Saint Augustine's work was used for years after its publication and became a seminal force in molding Western Christian thought ("The City of God").

The frontispiece of the manuscript contains an illustration of Augustine at the top writing with two angels to his side. The illustration below demonstrates a caricature of the two cities, showing angels in the City of God (surrounded by lush fields and livestock) and demons in the City of Man (surrounded by barren waste). The two cities are divided by a stream.

This book was printed by Ottaviano Scoto, a prominent printer who worked in Venice between 1479 and 1484. His printer's mark (shown on the last page of the text) contains the letters O.S.M., "the initials of Octavianus Scotus Modoetiensis (Ottaviano Scoto of Monza) ("1484, Venice").
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“The City of God.” Encyclopædia Britannica, October 20, 2020.

"1484, Venice: OTTAVIANO SCOTO." Renaissance Dante in Print.
Date Created
1489 AD
Saint Augustine
Ottaviano Scoto (letterpress on recto side of last page)
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
5th Century
15th Century
Collecting Areas
Groberg Collection
English History of Writing Collection
English Printed materials (object genre)
English Religious Texts
Ex libris of Lorenzo Maria Tettoni on the verso side of the front cover: "LAURENTII MARIAE TETTONI Canci Ordin. Novariensis."

"Tettoni, Lorenzo Maria." Digital Collections. Illinois LIbrary.
Loose ex libris "Kleins in the Pines"
Christian Apologetic
Bibliographic Citation
Augustine, 354-430. Auguftinus de ciuitate dei cum commento. Venice: Ottaviano Scoto, 1489.

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