Review by Choice Review
Augustine of Hippo, one of the great Latin church fathers, is well served by this encyclopedia. Little is missed of his life, works, and contemporaries. Count Boniface, the recipient of De Correctione Donatistarum, alone is missing. The signed entries are substantial, and each has a supporting bibliography. Editions and translations of Augustine's own works are listed. There is even an article on Augustine in cyberspace. When appropriate, entries make cross-reference to related articles. The volume begins with, among other things, a list of abbreviations, a general bibliography (including abbreviated forms of reference--e.g., ANF for Ante-Nicene Fathers), and two very useful tables. One lists Augustine's works alphabetically by Latin title, also citing Latin editions and English translations; the other lists the works in chronologic order with explanatory notes. One caveat: the tables list titles with their prepositions at the beginning (e.g., Contra Academicos), but the entries place the prepositions last (e.g., Academicos, Contra). This volume is essential for all serious collections in religion, church history, history of philosophy, and late antiquity. Highly recommended even to smaller academic and larger public libraries. T. M. Izbicki; Johns Hopkins University
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Review by Library Journal Review
Providing the first full encyclopedic handling of the thought and influence of St. Augustine of Hippo, editor Fitzgerald (Augustinian Patristic Inst., Rome; editor of Augustinian Studies for Villanova Univ.) and four associate editors supply a much-needed reference for this major patristic figure in the development of Western religious thought. Over 140 scholars have supplied more than 400 articles ranging generally from 200 to 2000 words on double-column pages. Each article is signed, and most contain bibliographies citing both older and more recent scholarship. Topics range from the general ("Anthropology," "Archaeology," "Love," "Time") to the specific (personal names, places, and Latin titles). A foreword by Jaroslav Pelikan was not seen by this reviewer; nor were the subject and name indexes. Because Augustine's own life appears not under his name but under "Life, Cultures and Controversies of Augustine," the index quality will be especially important for mining content. The inclusion of maps and illustrations would have been a plus. Recommended for academic and seminary libraries and public library collections where there is demand.ÄAnna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.