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- Publisher: The Belknap Press
- Format: Paperback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 178mm x 227mm x 8mm | 163g
- Publication date: 29 April 1998
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
- ISBN 10: 0674511700
- ISBN 13: 9780674511705
- Sales rank: 1,633,987
In this history of the late antique period, which appeared earlier in the multivolume series, "A History of Private Life", Peter Brown explores the slow shift from one form of public community to another - from the ancient city to the Christian Church. In the four centuries between Marcus Aurelius (161-180) and Justinian (527-565), the Mediterranean world passed through a series of profound transmutations that affected the rhythms of life, the moral sensibilities, and the concomitant sense of the self of the inhabitants of its cities, and of the countryside around them.
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Peter Brown is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Princeton University. Among his publications is The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, 200-1000 A.D.
[Late Antiquity] is a scintillating essay. Brown brilliantly arranges his intuitions around the central theme of the 'public' classical city being replaced by the internalized Christian city of another, non-secular world. That becomes the central pattern of explanation for changes in attitude to sexuality, and for the development of unprecedented respect for sexual purity as an attribute of nuns, monks and bishops. -- Thomas Wiedemann Jact Review
Table of contents
Introduction The "Wellborn" Few Person and Group in Judaism and Early Christianity Church and Leadership The Challenge of the Desert East and West: The New Marital Morality Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index