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01261--Carthage and Augustine's Confessions



Carthage
Carthage was a city in North Africa (present-day Tunisia), Carthage was one of the largest cities of the Roman Empire, and the capital of the province of Africa Proconsularis. Augustine comes to Carthage at the beginning of Book III of the Confessions to continue his studies and to find love. Carthage is also the home of Dido in Virgil’s Aeneid, and Augustine’s coming to Carthage, “in love with loving,” suggests a parallel with the ill-fated love affair between Aeneas and Dido. Augustine lives with his unnamed mistress in Carthage. 

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