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Reading Augustine in the ReformationThe Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620$
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Arnoud S. Q. Visser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765935

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765935.001.0001

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Customizing Authority

Customizing Authority

Anthologies and Epitomes

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Reading Augustine in the Reformation

Arnoud S. Q. Visser (Contributor Webpage)

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An important part of the distribution of Augustine's works was the publication of patristic anthologies and epitomes. These works far outstripped the production of full-text editions, and often catered for specific confessional readerships and religious debates. This chapter investigates how Augustine's authority is customized to suit these specific purposes, showing that selective reading and quotations practices went hand in hand with a keen awareness of the manipulative effect of this approach.

Keywords:   Augustine of Hippo, authority, patristic anthologies, religious debates, confessionalism, organization of knowledge, quotation practices

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