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The Making of Late Antiquity

The Making of Late Antiquity

Peter Brown

ISBN 9780674543218

Publication date: 03/11/1993

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Peter Brown presents a masterly history of Roman society in the second, third, and fourth centuries. Brown interprets the changes in social patterns and religious thought, breaking away from conventional modern images of the period.


  • No summary of its contents can do justice to this complex and fascinating book, written with all Peter Brown’s refreshing panache. We are presented with an age of vitality, where historians used to find a creeping paralysis; the canvas comes alive with the spectacular successes of individuals who belie the conventional wisdom of the stifling oppressiveness of late Roman institutions; and the cautious uncertainty of the ‘age of anxiety’ disappears in a vigorous emphasis on the recognition and display of power… In a book devoted to human beings it is the portraits of individuals, perceptively located in their social and religious surroundings, which are naturally to the fore. [Brown] has shifted the emphasis of late Roman studies from institutions to individuals, and to the discernment of what made late antique men ‘tick’—a task for which he is without equal.

    —E. D. Hunt, Classical Review


  • Peter Brown is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus, at Princeton University.

Book Details

  • 148 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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