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Augustinus CE , son of a pagan, Patricius of Tagaste in North Africa, and his Christian wife Monica, while studying in Africa to become a rhetorician, plunged into a turmoil of philosophical and psychological doubts in search of truth, joining for a time the Manichaean society He became a teacher of grammar at Tagaste, and lived much under the influence of his mother and his friend Alypius Abouthe went to Rome and soon after to Milan as a teacher of rhetoric, being now attracted by the philosophy of the Sceptics and of the Neo Platonists His studies of Paul s letters with Alypius and the preaching of Bishop Ambrose led into his rejection of all sensual habits and to his famous conversion from mixed beliefs to Christianity He returned to Tagaste and there founded a religious community Inorhe became Bishop of Hippo, and was henceforth engrossed with duties, writing and controversy He died at Hippo during the successful siege by the Vandals From Augustine s large output the Loeb Classical Library offers that great autobiography the Confessions in two volumes City of God seven volumes , which unfolds God s action in the progress of the world s history, and propounds the superiority of Christian beliefs over pagan in adversity and a selection of Letters which are important for the study of ecclesiastical history and Augustine s relations with other theologians

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