By Karla Pollmann, Meredith J. Gill
Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is arguably the main influential philosopher and Latin writer of the Early Christian interval. His common legacy has been explored to this point merely partly, and principally with appreciate to his textual reception. This interdisciplinary quantity makes an attempt to redress this emphasis with a collection of analyses of Augustine's impression within the visible arts, drama, devotional practices, song, the science-faith debate and psychotherapy. The integrated reports hint tricky and infrequently awesome cases of Augustine's ubiquitous presence in highbrow, religious and inventive phrases. the result's a much more differentiated and dynamic photograph of the mechanisms in which the legacy of an old determine will be perpetuated, together with the occasionally supra-rational and resourceful dimensions of transmission.
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Accordingly, a given medium performs more than one function in the transmedial process; as in the example of the visual arts, it can not only illustrate but also comment on juxtaposed or implied texts, undermining, enhancing, or complementing them to create deliberate tensions between the visual and the textual. This process, in turn, opens up the possibility of alternative readings, and of otherwise interrogating or criticizing the source. Thus, the effect of using different media to present Augustine and his thought normally goes beyond mere artistry or playful exploration.
Augustine as bishop is characterized by his teachings of right doctrine against heresy, as in scene 14. 42 It is striking that the very popular anecdote of Augustine and the child (for which see below) is avoided here and replaced by a far more “naturalistic” episode that includes a lay person. All of these aspects make it clear that a strong alliance between the less educated members of the congregation and Augustine is intended. This alliance is supposed to be based on his personal righteousness in thought and faith, as well as on his sanctity which manifests itself in vision-like closeness to God and the power to do miracles.
For the following compare Pollmann, St Augustine the Algerian (see above, n. 9), pp. 18–21, which is here slightly updated and revised. 16 Description in Serge Lancel, Saint Augustin (Paris, 1999), pp. 9–10; see below fig. 1. 17 See for an up-to-date analysis and fresh perspective Warland, ‘Das älteste Bildnis’ (see above, n. 15), pp. 13f. 18 18 For the possibilities of digital reconstruction of this fresco see Oliver Motz, ‘Original und Originalität. Zur digitalen Restauration des ältesten Bildnis des heiligen Augustin,’ in Augustinus—Ein Lehrer des Abendlandes.