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Medieval Civilization Prof. J. Glen History 102 GM . Fall 2011 Paper One Essay topic: What do Augustine’s relationships with women - or should we say his accounts of these relationships - tell us about the social norms and institutions of his day? Include references from our other readings and handouts as you more from Augustine’s text to his world . Augustine’s Confessions reveals glimpses of the social order and the structure s governing the behaviour of individuals when the autobiographical work was written , which is at the end of the fourth century. His accounts of his relationships with women expose the prevalence of lust, sin and perversion in his society and at the same time highlights the religious beliefs held. This seems to be significant because religion appears to play a key role in shaping the social norms and institutions of his day. When reading the Confessions, autobiography one may notice that Augustine expressed guilt for his frivolity primarily during his adolescence and , even compared comparing his actions to those of his friends : ; “ I realised none of this and went headlong on my course, so blinded that i was ashamed among the other youths that my viciousness was less than theirs; I heard them boasting of their exploits, and the viler the exploit the louder the boasting; and I set about the same exploits not only for the pleasure of the act but for the pleasure of the boasting”.# Augustine re
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