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Font of Life Ambrose, Augustine, and the Mystery of Baptism

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ISBN-10: 019976851X

ISBN-13: 9780199768516

Edition: 2012

Authors: Garry Wills

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One of the most important sites in the Christian world lies hidden under the piazza of the cathedral (Duomo) in Milan. Rarely visited, it is part of the foundations of a 4th-century cathedral where, at dawn on Easter of 387, a group of people seeking baptism, including Augustine, gathered after an all-night vigil. After Ambrose performed the sacrament, the catechumens were greeted by their fellows in the faith, including Augustine's mother Monnica and the two men who had taught Augustine his theology and philosophy, Mallius Theodore and Simplician. Though the occasion had deep significance for the participants, this little cluster of devotion was unaware that they were creating the future…    
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/6/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Garry Wills, 1934 - Garry Wills was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. Wills received a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1957, an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati in 1958, an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in classics from Yale. Wills was a junior fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies from 1961-62, an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 1962-80. Wills was the first Washington Irving Professor of Modern American History and Literature at Union College, and was also a Regents Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Silliman Seminarist at Yale, Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, W.W. Cook…    

Key to Brief Citations
Illustration List
Map of Milan
Introduction: Tale of a Font
Ambrose's Town
Ambrosian Discipline
Ambrose Fights for His Churches
Augustine on the Way to Milan
Augustine in Milan
The Baptism
Augustine Approaches the Font
Augustine at the Font
After the Font
Baptism in Africa
The Ritual
Augustine Needs Ambrose