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Commentary on Augustine's De cura pro mortuis gerenda: Rhetoric in Practice (Paula J Rose) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2013) 9789004228221
Commentary on Augustine's De cura pro mortuis gerenda: Rhetoric in Practice (Paula J Rose) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2013) 9789004228221
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Title: A Commentary on Augustine's De cura pro mortuis gerenda: Rhetoric in Practice

Author: Rose, Paula J

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2013

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004228221

Volumes: 1;

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In De cura pro mortuis gerenda Augustine interweaves an assessment of burial near the memorial of a martyr with a series of dream narratives. The seeming lack of coherence between argument and narrative in this treatise has puzzled many scholars. Combining an analysis of the overall structure of the argument and a detailed philological commentary, this study shows that Augustine's text forms a well-composed unity. The study is based on discourse-linguistic and narratological concepts as well as an analysis of the global structure of the narratives. Relying on this combined approach Rose demonstrates how Augustine explores the full breadth of his narrative material in the service of his argument. In addition, this book situates Augustine's text in its cultural-historical context. Table of ContentsAbbreviationsPreliminary remarksGeneral Introduction1. Epistolary friendship2. Death, burial and the hereafter in Augustine's works3. The structure of De cura pro mortuis gerendaWhat is the usefulness of burial ad sanctos?Worst-case scenario: no burial at allBurial ad sanctos: interaction between place and prayerAttachment to the body versus care for the soulWhat about a request for burial in a dream?Augustinus narrator: dreaming of the deceasedPresent angels, absent deceasedAsking an expert: John of LycopolisBurial ad sanctos: an incentive for recommending the deceasedBibliographyIndex of Latin words
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