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Correcting Some Misconceptions About St. Augustine's Sex Life

Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 11, No. 4. (October 2002), pp. 545-569.

27 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2013  

Alan G. Soble

University of New Orleans

Date Written: June 1, 2002

Abstract

I examine the common opinion, that St. Augustine, before he converted to Christianity, engaged in sexual activity with other boys and men. I find all the arguments in favor of that view to be weak. By contrast, I find strong reasons to believe that Augustine did not engage in such activity.

Keywords: Augustine, Sexuality, Promiscuity, Christian Ethics, Homosexuality, Bisexuality, John Boswell, Confessions, Garry Wills, Peter Brown, Everyman, Marjorie Garber

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Soble, Alan G., Correcting Some Misconceptions About St. Augustine's Sex Life (June 1, 2002). Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 11, No. 4. (October 2002), pp. 545-569. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2323022

Alan Soble (Contact Author)

University of New Orleans ( email )

2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
United States

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