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Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1584651468 ISBN-10: 1584651466 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Brandeis; 1st edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584651466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584651468
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The three essays that make up Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire, originally delivered as the Menahem Stern Lecture at Jerusalem in May of 2000, are the most concerted analytic attack yet offered by any ancient historian on the problem of poverty.”—New York Review of Books

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim. LC 2001-002533

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronan Rooney on January 23, 2009
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Peter Brown's three lectures presented in honor of Menahem Stern, here now in print, trace how the incorporation of Christianity into the later Roman Empire (300 - 600 CE) gradually defined, and ultimately broadened, the definition of "the poor" as people depending on the empire for justice and charity. Brown argues the church and empire held a symbiotic relationship wherein the church gained official power in exchange for taking on the empire's problem of the poor. Along with citing recent scholarly works, Brown's historical approach relies heavily upon letters, sermons, edicts, financial records, and other primary sources to clearly illustrate the attitude of the later empire.

Brown presents a rousing study of the gradual adaptation of Christian charity into the Roman Empire in which he dutifully grounds his arguments in primary and secondary sources. Covering the social, economic, political, and theological ramifications of Christianity's rise in the later empire, Brown provides a relevant study useful not only to scholars of ancient Christianity but also to others studying economics and power. Ripe with clearly articulated arguments and well-applied evidence, Brown's book proves an accessible, yet wholly academic, study of wealth in the emerging influence of Christianity in the later Roman Empire.
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