Power & Persuasion Late Antiquity / Edition 1

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Overview

Peter Brown, perhaps the greatest living authority on Mediterranean civilization in late antiquity, traces the growing power of Christian bishops as they wrested influence from philosophers, who had traditionally advised the rulers of Graeco-Roman society.  In the new “Christian empire,” the ancient bonds of citizen to citizen and of each city to its benefactors were replaced by a common Christianity and common loyalty to a distant, Christian autocrat.  This transformation of the Roman empire from an ancient to a medieval society, he argues, is among the most far-reaching consequences of the rise of Christianity.

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A preliminary report on continuing research into the political, cultural, and religious milieu of the later Roman Empire, from a humanist historiographic perspective. Discusses autocracy and the elites, power, poverty, and the forging of a Christian empire. Does not assume a knowledge of Latin. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299133443
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Curti Lecture Series , #1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 405,479
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Brown is the Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University.  He has also taught at Oxford University, the University of London, and the University of California.  Among his many books are The Body and Society, The Cult of the Saints, Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity, and Augustine of Hippo.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Devotio: Autocracy and Elites 3
2 Paideia and Power 35
3 Poverty and Power 71
4 Towards a Christian Empire 118
Index 159
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