Falchion scabard The Hague, MMW, 10A 11 f. 305r. Augustine, La Cité de Dieu (Vol. I). Translation from the Latin by Raoul de Presles. Paris, Maïtre François (illuminator); c. 1475; 1478-1480. The cruelty of some religious ceremonies, e.g. self-mutilation [castration], and the ridiculousness of worshipping Venus, Jupiter, Juno, Diana and Apollo in the shape of animals (as criticized by Seneca).