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St. Augustine was one of the eight great doctors of the Christian Church and possibly the most influential philosopher ever. He was born in North Africa at Tagaste in A.D. 354 and died in A.D. 430. Augustine was ordained Bishop of Hippo in 396. Augustine had earlier come to Milan to be public rhetor, arriving in Rome in 383. Augustine was a Manichee and a pagan at the time. At Milan, he met Bishop Ambrose, in 384. Three years later, Ambrose baptized Augustine.
Reference: "Background to Augustine's 'City of God,'" by Leo C. Ferrari. The Classical Journal, Vol. 67, No. 3 (Feb. - Mar., 1972), pp. 198-208.