The City of God.
Argument—Augustin censures the pagans, who attributed the calamities of the world, and especially the recent sack of Rome by the Goths, to the Christian religion, and its prohibition of the worship of the gods. He speaks of the blessings and ills of life, which then, as always, happened to good and bad men alike. Finally, he rebukes the shamelessness of those who cast up to the Christians that their women had been violated by the soldiers.
S. AURELII AUGUSTINI HIPPONENSIS EPISCOPI AD MARCELLINUM DE CIVITATE DEI CONTRA PAGANOS Libri viginti duo .
LIBER PRIMUS. Paganos reprehendit, qui orbis calamitates, maximeque Romanae urbis recentem a Gothis vastationem christianae religioni, qua deorum cultus prohibetur, tribuebant. Agit de commodis et incommodis, quae tunc bonis et malis, ut solet, fuerunt communia. Illorum denique retundit procacitatem, qui christianarum feminarum violatum a militibus pudorem objectabant.