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Teaching in Rome

Here is Augustine teaching in Rome. In this picture, at least, the students certainly look much better behaved than what he described in Carthage.  Apparently dogs were allowed in the classroom.  Some people have noticed that the students look older than Augustine.  Perhaps this was a night school class, but another explanation is that the artist (for some extra money) painted in the faces of some of the wealthy citizens of San Gimignano.


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Images are taken from: The Web Gallery of Art.  Quotations from St. Augustine's Confessions, translated by Maria Boulding, O.S.B., (Hyde Park, New York: New City Press) 1997.  Author: John Immerwahr, Update: March 18, 2008.