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Augustine, Confessions 1.13

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Augustine recalls his schooldays – both the enjoyable (Virgil’s Aeneid) and less enjoyable (maths) aspects!

peccabam ergo puer cum illa inania istis utilioribus amore praeponebam, vel potius ista oderam, illa amabam. iam vero unum et unum duo, duo et duo quattuor, odiosa cantio mihi erat, et dulcissimum spectaculum vanitatis, equus ligneus plenus armatis et Troiae incendium atque ipsius umbra Creusae.

So I sinned as a boy when I loved those vain studies more that these more useful ones, or rather hated the latter but loved the former. ‘One and one are two, two and two are four’ – this was indeed a jingle I detested, while I delighted most in a show of vanity: the wooden horse full of armed men, the burning of Troy and the ghost of Creusa herself.

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October 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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