The Soliloquies of Augustine is a two-book document written by the 4th-century Roman Catholic theologian Augustine of Hippo.[1]

The book has the form of an "inner dialogue" in which questions are posed, discussions take place and answers are provided, leading to self-knowledge.[2] The first book begins with an inner dialogue which seeks to know a soul. In the second book it becomes clear that the soul Augustine wants to get to know is his own.[3]

A translation of the first half of the Soliloquies into Old English is attributed to Alfred the Great, where it is known is known as the Blostman ('bloom') or Anthology.


  1. ^ Soliloquies: Augustine's Inner Dialogue by Boniface Ramsey 2000 ISBN 978-1-56548-142-8 page 1
  2. ^ Augustine's Inner Dialogue: The Philosophical Soliloquy in Late Antiquity by Brian Stock 2010 ISBN 978-0-521-19031-2 page 6
  3. ^ The Cambridge companion to Augustine by Eleonore Stump, Norman Kretzmann 2001 ISBN 0-521-65985-X page 76

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