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Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD Hardcover – September 2, 2012

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"It is exciting to watch a historian who has already written so extensively on Late Antiquity absorb so much new scholarship, revise his old reviews, and re-imagine the world we thought we knew from him. . . . Through the Eye of a Needle is a tremendous achievement, even for a scholar who has already achieved so much. Its range is as vast as its originality, and readers will find everywhere the kinds of memorable aperçus and turns of phrase for which its author is deservedly famous. . . . There can be no doubt that we are in the presence of a historian and teacher of genius."---G. W. Bowersock, New Republic

"[A]n unprecedented resource. . . . Brown creates broad, deep landscapes in which the reader can watch the ancients moving. You can, in places, just crawl in and have a true dream about the ancient world. Moreover, the topic holds fascinating implications about the formation of modern Western culture. . . . It's a significant and suggestive story."---Sarah Ruden, American Scholar

"One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013"

"Winner of the 2013 Philip Schaff Prize, American Society of Church History"

"[T]his is an impressive and monumental piece of scholarship that casts western late antiquity into clearer relief than it has received. It will long be required reading for anyone wanting to understand the social realities of Christianity in the late antique West."---Geoffrey D. Dunn, Journal of Early Christian Studies

"Elegantly written and amply sign-posted, this long book is a pleasure to read."---Alexander Skinner, Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture

"Magisterial. . . . Brown's newest monograph belongs on the bookcase of every late ancient and medieval historian. . . . A stunning accomplishment."---Elizabeth DePalma Digesner, H-Net Reviews

"Brown's goal in this book is patiently to reconstruct the debates on wealth among late Roman Christians: in other words, to set out the context for the tendentious claims of ascetic minorities, which have misled so many later interpreters."---Conrad Leyser, Times Literary Supplement

"Peter Brown, professor emeritus at Princeton University and the leading historian of late antiquity, has written a masterful study. . . . His book is characterized by lively prose, mastery of the primary sources and original languages, comprehensive use of changes in the study of antiquities (especially the 'material culture' of archaeology), gorgeous plates, nearly 300 pages of bibliographic end material, and a number of important revisions to the standard historiography."---Dan Clendenin, JourneywithJesus.net

"In addition to vast erudition formed by a range of reading in well over a dozen languages, Brown has something of the cinematographer's ability to compose a narrative by moving between panoramas and individual close-ups. The results are often dazzling."---Patrick Cook, Cambrdige Humanities Review

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"Here Peter Brown listens to the heartbeat of the late Roman world. His report is a masterpiece that introduces us to the wealth and poverty of an empire as it implodes, and the inspiring Christian concept of treasure in heaven. Excavating the roots of medieval charity, he illuminates the problems of rich and poor today, and delivers a triumph of history at its finest."―Judith Herrin, author of Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding book by Brown (but Princeton could sharpen their act)
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