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The Making of Late Antiquity is most successful, I think, as a study of shifts in the religious imagination... Brown is sensitive to the multifaceted quality of the Late Antique view of the soul, and some of his most creative work is in discussions of demons and angels as imaginal faces of the self and its changing relation to the holy. From the private dreams of Aristides to the public withdrawal of Anthony, Brown has sketched a remarkable shift in a culture's vision of itself. His argument is as persuasive as it is eloquent.
— Patricia L. Cox
A provocative book.
— Robert L. Wilken
[Brown's] interpretations are sensitive, vivid, and strongly persuasive. He offers a fascinating sketch of the distinctive configurations and interactions of religious, cultural, and social factors which gradually came to define life in the Mediterranean world of the late fourth and early fifth centuries…he has, by judicious use of analytic concepts and graphic vignettes, captured the "feel" of the religious life of the period.
— Eugene V. Gallagher
This brief work by one of the most influential social historians of the twentieth century...provides scholars and serious students of the period of the second through fourth centuries with a well-documented and colorful exposition of the nature of the holy and of popular society in the late Roman Empire...Many will find its call to view the period with the ancients' own eyes quite refreshing.
— Jason T. Larson
1. A Debate on the Holy
2. An Age of Ambition
3. The Rise of the Friends of God
4. From the Heavens to the Desert: Anthony and Pachomius