Friday, July 23, 2010

Two sides of Augustine.

Augustine the feminist: "For at that time- I mean between the second and third Punic war- that notorious Lex Voconia was passed, which prohibited a man from making a woman, even an only daughter, his heir; than which law I am at a loss to conceive what could be more unjust." (De Civitate Dei 3.21)

Augustine the realist: "It was then that iron bedsteads and expensive carpets were used; then, too, that female singers were admitted at banquets, and other licentious abominations were introduced." (De Civitate Dei 3.21)

Scarcely within a page of each other as well!

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