'A MAN IN SAINT AUGUSTINE MANY ARE ILLUSTRIOUS VIRTUES AND WORKS'. ON BAROQUE PRAISES OF ST. AUGUSTINE
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Saint Augustine of Hippo - the author of extremely rich and diverse literary heritage - belonged to the thinkers widely read and often referred to in the religious literature of the Baroque period. The influence range of the ideas of St. Augustine on the 17th-century culture included not only philosophy and theology, but also literature and art, especially that after the Council of Trent they were to harmonise with the binding doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The 17th century was a period of increased publications on the author of the 'On Christian Doctrine' (De doctrina Christiana), which proves that he held a strong fascination at the time and was present in religious consciousness. From among old prints concerning the Father of the Church of special notice are worth four of them, that form the subject of the analysis in this essay. These are: 'Wieniec Przezacnemu w Kosciele Bozym biskupowi i doktorowi s. Augustynowi' by Jacek Liberiusz, 'Sekretarz Przenayswietszey Troyce' by Cyprian Sapecki, 'Splendor Troyzakonnego Cienia' of Adam Naramowski and Andrzej Elertowski's 'Kazania. Pierwsze na Fest Augustyna Swiętego w Kosciele Trzemeszynskim'. The texts list the contributions of St. Augustine to the Church and are of panegyric character. They were written over a span of more than hundred years, but they share the same or similar rethorical figures which were used in accordance with the 'artes predicandi' of those times: referring to the contributions and merits and exploring the biographic events of the bishop of Hippo.
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