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Augustine was born at Thagaste, in what is now Algeria, in 354. He
studied rhetoric and philosophy and renounced the Christian faith he
had been brought up in to follow the principles of Manichaeism. He
taught grammar, rhetoric, and philosophy at Thagaste, Carthage,
Rome, and Milan. In Milan, he heard the preaching of Bishop
Ambrose, who led him to convert and to be baptized in 386. He
returned to Africa to live in a religious community in 388, and in 391
he was ordained as a priest. He became bishop of Hippo in 396.
He died in 430.
He is often depicted in the roles of a bishop, usually busy studying.
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