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Friendship And Transgression: Luminosus Limes Amicitiae (Augustine, Confessions 2.2.2) And The Themes Of Confessions 2

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Augustine's Confessions is a book rich in images and metaphors. This chapter proposes the following translation: ?Yet the bounds?there where the bright frontier of friendship extends?were not observed in our affections (literally: ?between heart and heart?)?. This chapter elucidates the meaning and function of the modus/limes text in 2.2.2 in the book as a whole. Modus and limes, limits and their transgression, are revealed in the most subtle manner as the themes of Book 2 of the Confessions. The chapter also investigates the puzzling words of Confessions 2.2.2: sed non tenebatur modus ab animo usque ad animum, quatenus est luminosus limes amicitiae. The attempt to understand these words involved looking at the images and argument of the whole of Book 2 of the Confessions, and their full meaning was revealed only in the closing paragraphs of the book.

Keywords: Augustine; Confessions 2.2.2; friendship; luminosus limes amicitiae; transgression



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