Augustijns Historisch Instituut

On Augustine

In 1963, Tarsicius J. van Bavel o.s.a. edited an extensive bibliography on Augustine of Hippo, covering the years 1950-1960. One of its main strengths was the way in which publications (books, collections or articles) were organized on the basis of a set of entries within a detailed tree diagram. These entries allowed for individual publications to be located according to any of the several significant topics or ideas contained in that publication.

Since 1963 the Augustinian Historical Institute has kept the bibliography up-to-date via an impressive card catalogue and a further refinement of the manual taxonomy. Currently, the catalogue contains more than 65,000 cards, categorized into thousands of entries.

In order to disclose this huge bibliographical database, in 2004 the Institute launched a new project (called “Panta rhei” *) in close collaboration with the Augustinian University of Villanova (USA). This would make the card catalogue freely available on the internet – whilst retaining its rich complexity – for online searches and information retrieval and it would enable us to easily keep it up to date. Five yaers later the website came into being with part of the bibliography, adding steadily to it with the help of students. Today, we are keeping it up to date, adding new publications as we find them.

*Heraclitus, the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Ephesus in Asia Minor, believed that change is real, and stability illusory. For him everything is ‘in flux’, as exemplified in his famous aphorism ‘Panta rhei‘: ‘Everything flows, nothing stands still’. Especially not our bibliography!