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Augustine, Troy
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La Cité de Dieu by Saint Augustine, translated and with commentary by Raoul de Praelles

France, Paris, c. 140810
The Orosius Master and His Workshop

The Founding and the Destruction of Troy. This miniature before Book Three of Saint Augustine's City of God shows the city of Troy (labeled "Ilion"). On the left, stone masons hew blocks and lay mortar in order to build the city's towers. This activity is overseen by an altar with golden statues of the gods Neptune and Apollo. On the right, divided by a thin black line, Troy is attacked by the Greeks who arrive in ships to burn the city. (Explore this manuscript in detail in the online demonstration for the CD-ROM)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Philip S. Collins in memory of her husband, 1945-65-1, fol. 66v

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