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Adimantus' Disputationes: A Reconstruction

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The most important - if not the only - source for the reconstruction of Adimantus' Disputationes are Augustine's refutations of it. In the first section of this chapter, the authors establish more precisely when Augustine read the Disputationes for the first time and in which period of his life he discussed its subject matter. They also discuss who first drew Augustine's attention to the Disputationes. A related question is what kind of text did Augustine come across: single pages or a whole codex? Another question discussed in the chapter is what drove Augustine to pay such great attention to Adimantus' work? Contra Adimantum has been examined closely in order to discover what Augustine actually did quote from the Disputationes. In other writings Augustine also discussed the list of contradictions between the Old and the New Testament which had been compiled by Adimantus. Finally, the chapter presents an overview of the contents of Adimantus' writing.

Keywords: Adimantus; Augustine; Contra Adimantum; Disputationes; Manichaean writings

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