There are learned essays on topics such as Islam, the Christian triumph, and sacred landscapes; habitat, war, and violence; and empire building; as well as a timely piece on barbarians and ethnicity. But these essays, fine though they are, make up but a small fraction of the volume. The lion's share belongs to the alphabetical guide, an A-to-Z encyclopedia of more than 500 entries on items such as almsgiving, angels, bathing, circus factions, contraception, eunuchs, dendrites, Huns, monks, prayer, and pornography. With erudition and clarity, these editors redefine late antiquity, and provide a remarkable source of information for students, sages, history buffs, and antiquity enthusiasts. --Stephanie Gold
The essays in the first third of the book are very well written and very well documented.
This is a wonderful reference, and, sitting next to my Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, a much-valued collection and much-used book.
This is a scholarly book -- realy an encyclopedia of culture in the post Roman Empire period.
Great work summarizing with copious detail recent scholarship on late antiquity. The essays in the first third of the book are very well written and very well documented. Read morePublished 14 months ago by driftless
Though I shifted over to American studies in grad school for practical reasons, my original love in the field of history was late antiquity and early medieval and I've maintained... Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Michael K. Smith
Great Illustrations but unfortunetly the text is not its equal. For the amount of money that it cost me, I was disappointed. Read morePublished on June 19, 2005 by D. D Lawson
The book 'Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World', edited by G.W. Bowerstock, Peter Brown, and Oleg Grabar, is a wonderful collection of essays and encyclopedic... Read morePublished on May 29, 2003 by FrKurt Messick
This book contains very little about individuals. For example, Belisarius is not even listed in the index, let alone having an entry. Read morePublished on July 23, 2001