"Book V of The City of God is of particular importance for Augustine's philosophy of history. In accounting for the prodigious growth and continuance of the Roman Empire, he dismisses secular theories of chance and fate in favour of the universal sway of divine Providence. In achieving this end, God has exploited the Roman virtues, and Christians are urged to emulate them. Both pagan and Christian leaders have contributed to Roman greatness. The book concludes with eulogies of the Christian leaders Constantine and Theodosius." --Book Jacket.