Glorious things are spoken of you, O City of God." (Psalm 86:3). De civitate Dei ("City of God") is a monumental and timeless work, written by Augustine over the years 413 to 427.
It is the most influential of the works of Augustine.
It is one of the most important of all texts of the Church Fathers, and played a decisive role in the formation of the Christian West.
It remains one of the best-known and most influential texts in the western world, and one of the most often reproduced, in both manuscript and print.
It is the longest single work presenting a sustained argument unified around a coherent single theme to survive from Greek or Roman antiquity.
The City of God can be regarded as a kind of literary farewell for pagan Roman culture and as a defence of the Christian faith.
Its scope embodies cosmology, psychology, political thought, anti-pagan polemic, Christian apologetics, theory of history, biblical interpretation and apocalyptic themes.
Augnet pages about the City of God are as follows:
Page 01: The City of God was written to console Christians, and to defend the Christian Faith.
Page 02: A synopsis of the City of God.
Page 03: The City of God as an exposition of Christian philosophy.
Page 04: The reputation gained by the City of God.
Page 05 to 08: The invasion of Rome in the year 410. The City of God examines this event and its consequences on Christian events and thought.
Page 09 to 12: The contents and the process of composition of the City of God.
Page 13: The first printing of City of God in English.
Page 14: Links to other web pages on the Internet about the City of God.