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Ambrose, born in Trier in 339, of a Christian family, was baptized, priested and made bishop all on the same day (1 or 7 December, 373) when he was 34 (see Solignac, BA, Vol. 14, p. 529). H. Leitzmann, History of the Early Church, Vol. 4: The Era of the Church Fathers (trans. B. L. Woolf, Cleveland and New York, Meridian Books, rev. , 1953), referring to the many notices collected in E. Diehl's Inscriptiones Latinae Christianae Veteres, says, "Numberless are the inscriptions telling of the administration of baptism immediately before death took place, at all ages from the first to the fortieth year....

207-35, see esp. pp. 217-21, 233-35). I have followed this practice in my translations. 6 Augustine mentions in many places in I,vi and vii that he did not remember his infancy: see 5/20, 6/10-11, 7/13, 9/25-26, 9/30-10/1, 10/6-7. The sources of his knowledge of his infancy were either from those who knew him then or from his own observation of other infants: see I,vi,8 Post/memini (6/8-11), Tales/mei (6/20-23), I,vi,10 Confiteor/credere (7/12-15), I,vii,12 Hanc/saeculo (9/25-30). 7 See I,vi,9 Nam/feminas (7/40-5).

Guardini, Anfang. Eine Auslegung der ersten fiinfKapitel von Augustins Bekenntnissen, Munich, Kosel, 1950. For a more objective account of the logical structure of the preface, see the brief comments of J. A. Doull, "Augustinian Trinitarianism and Existential Theology," Dionysius, 3 (1979), 124-25 or G. N. Knauer, "Peregrinatio animae. Zur Frage nach der Einheit der augustinischen Konfessionen," Hermes 85 (1957), 216-48. In the French translation of the BA ed. this preface is set off in poetic form for the reasons explained in Bouissou's essay, "Le style des Confessions" (BA, 13, pp.

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