The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo

The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo

De Doctrina Christiana and the Search for a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric

Studies in Rhetoric & Religion

Edited by Richard Leo Enos and Roger Thompson

Imprint: Baylor University Press

420 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781602580084
  • Published: August 2008



The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo is the definitive edition of St. Augustine's fourth book of De Doctrina Christiana, the book that deals with rhetoric and its uses in Christian discourse. The edition of DDC contains both the original Latin and Sister Tèrèse Sullivan's brilliant translation. An introduction discusses the historical importance of DDC. Seven seminal essays written during the last seventy-five years provide representative discussions of the important topics of DDC. The volume includes a detailed, synoptic outline of all four books, with a conclusion by Amy K. Hermanson that synthesizes Augustine's rhetorical theory in a religious context. This is the only edition of its kind. It will remain the standard for a long time to come.