Book Series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, vol. 76

Scrinium Augustini. The World of Augustine's Letters

Proceedings of the International Workshop on Augustine's Correspondence, Toruń, 25-26 June 2015

Przemysław Nehring, Mateusz Stróżyński, Rafal Toczko (eds)

  • Pages: 381 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English, Latin
  • Publication Year:2017

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-57516-2
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Multi-dimensional and methodologically diverse study of St. Augustine's correspondence


‘Zu einer solchen Erforschung hat der vorliegende Sammelband etliches beigesteuert (…) Neben dem Inhalt goutiert der Leser zudem die formale Aufbereitung des Buches, z. B. die Ergänzung von Abstracts, Autorencharakterisierungen, Gesamtbibliographie und allerlei nützlichen Registern.” (Christof Müller, in Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, 22/1, 2018, p. 5)


Przemysław Nehring, Ph.D. (hab.) is associate professor of classics and patristics at the Faculty of Languages, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Mateusz Stróżyński, Ph.D. (hab.), classicist, philosopher and psychologist, is assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.

Rafał Toczko, Ph.D., philosopher and classicist, is assistant professor at the Faculty of Languages, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland


This volume contains the proceedings of the international symposium on Augustine’s correspondence held at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland) on 25-26 June 2015, which was a part of a wider project dedicated to the study of Augustine’s correspondence. Another part of the project is a fully searchable on-line catalogue of issues present in the Letters (

The papers presented in the book access the large corpus of Augustine’s epistles from various academic perspectives (theological, philosophical, historical, literary and rhetorical). First, the present study is thematically more wide-ranging than any of those that had been previously published on this subject; second, it is interdisciplinary in its focus and methodology; third, it provides new, substantial insights into selected problems of Augustine’s work; fourth, it approaches the Letters from two complementary, methodological perspectives: the first part of the book contains papers which study widely defined problem in the light of the whole corpus, while those in the second part deal with specific problems found in particular letters. The result is a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex and fascinating Augustinian world, seen through the lens of his letters, made by authors whose academic experience and scholarly achievements guarantee its quality.





Part I.          From a Matter to the Letters

Stanisław Adamiak, “Asking for Human Mercy. Augustine’s Intercessions with the Men in Power”

David Hunter, “Family Matters: Augustine’s Letters as a Source for his Views on Marriage and Family Life”

Sigrid Mratschek, “The Unwritten Letters of Augustine of Hippo”

Przemysław Nehring, “Misbehaviour of Clergy in the Light of Augustine’s Letters”

Mateusz Stróżyński, “Neoplatonism in Augustine’s Letters”

Rafał Toczko, "Debating through the Letters vs. Live Discussions. The Patterns of ars disputandi in Augustine's Correspondence"


Part II.          From the Letter(s) to the Matters

Gillian Clark, “Letters and the City of God”

Mathijs Lamberigts , “Was Innocent Familiar with the Content of the Pelagian Controversy? A Study of his Answers to the Letters sent by the African Episcopacy”

Elia Marinova, “'What Good Are the Books'? Knowledge and Will in Augustine’s Letter to Firmus (Ep. 2*)"

Philip Polcar, “A Sting in the Tail? Augustine’s Send-Off to Nebridius in Ep. 3”

Danuta Shanzer, “Evodius’ Strange Encounters with the Dead: Questions and Answers in Augustine, Epp. 158- 159”

Angela Zielinski Kinney, “From Ivory Tablets to Honeybees: Deciphering Augustine's Letter to Romanianus (Ep. 15)”



Notes on Contributors


Personal Index

Index of References to Augustine's Works