Born in North Africa in the closing years of the Roman Empire, Augustine was a key figure in the transition to the medieval period. He combined the tradition of the early church with the Platonist religious philosophy of the Graeco-Roman world to produce an original statement which provided the central themes of Christianity for the next thousand years. His search for truth and wisdom, recounted in the Confessions, began at 18 and led him, through the study of neoPlatonism, to Christianity. During this period he travelled to Rome and to Milan as a teacher of rhetoric. Augustine followed the Platonists in including in his concept of memoria, not only the knowledge of the sensible world that we call “memory”, but also a priori knowledge of forms or abstract concepts. After his baptism at the age of 32, he returned to North Africa where he served for many years as bishop of Hippo. At the time of his death, Vandal forces were closing in on the city.
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