Wednesday, February 27, 2013

6 ages, 6 days, 6 epochs

On page 9 of his study of Book I of the Confessiones, Gary Wills notes the structure of Augustine's anthropo-creational-cosmology:
Ages of ManCreationHistory
1Infantia (pre-verbal)LightAdam to Noah
2Pueritia (speaking)Sky/EarthNoah to Abraham
3Adulescentia (15-30)VegetationAbraham to David
4Juventus (30-45)GalaxyDavid to Babylon
5Maturitas (45-60)FishBabylon to Christ
6Senectus (60-)Animals/ManChrist to End