Power & Persuasion Late Antiquity / Edition 1

Power & Persuasion Late Antiquity / Edition 1

by Peter Brown (2)
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299133443
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Curti Lecture Series, #1988
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
1,292,697
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.

Table of Contents

Preface
1Devotio: Autocracy and Elites3
2Paideia and Power35
3Poverty and Power71
4Towards a Christian Empire118
Index159

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