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Brown, Peter 1935-

Works: 220 works in 1,357 publications in 8 languages and 31,350 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Reference works  Biographies  Hagiographies  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other, Actor, Dedicatee, Author of introduction, Creator, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Peter Brown
Augustine of Hippo : a biography by Peter Brown( Book )

137 editions published between 1951 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 3,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic biography was first published thirty years ago and has since established itself as the standard account of Saint Augustine's life and teaching. The remarkable discovery recently of a considerable number of letters and sermons by Augustine has thrown fresh light on the first and last decades of his experience as a bishop. These circumstantial texts have led Peter Brown to reconsider some of his judgments on Augustine, both as the author of the Confessions and as the elderly bishop preaching and writing in the last years of Roman rule in north Africa. Brown's reflections on the significance of these exciting new documents are contained in two chapters of a substantial Epilogue to his biography (the text of which is unaltered). He also reviews the changes in scholarship about Augustine since the 1960s. A personal as well as a scholarly fascination infuse the book-length epilogue and notes that Brown has added to his acclaimed portrait of the bishop of Hippo
The rise of Western Christendom : triumph and diversity, A.D. 200-1000 by Peter Brown( Book )

86 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 2,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers a history of the first thousand years of Christianity. Ranging across the Christian world from China to Iceland, the narrative illustrates the diversity of Christian beliefs and practices. It also places the rise of Christianity in the context of other religious traditions, especially Islam. The author draws penetrating portraits of individuals and communities, from St. Patrick and the Irish Church to the Christian communities of Armenia and Mesopotamia." "For the second edition, the book has been thoroughly rewritten and expanded. It includes two new chapters, on monasticism and Irish Christianity. The author has also added an extensive introduction in which he reflects on the scholarly traditions that have influenced his work and explains his current thinking about the book's themes. The revised edition contains new maps, a substantial bibliography, and a number of chronological tables to guide readers."--Jacket
The body and society : men, women, and sexual renunciation in early Christianity by Peter Brown( Book )

53 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 1,882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world of late antiquity : AD 150-750 by Peter Brown( Book )

72 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in English and held by 1,769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study in social and cultural change explains how and why the Late Antique world, between c. 150 and c. 750 A.D., came to differ from "Classical civilization." These centuries, as the author demonstrates, were the era in which the most deeply rooted of ancient institutions disappeared for all time. By 476 the Roman empire had vanished from western Europe; by 665 the Persian empire had vanished from the Near East, Brown examines these changes and men's reactions to them, but his account shows that the period was also one of outstanding new beginnings and defines the far-reaching impact both of Christianity on Europe and of Islam on the Near East. The result is a lucid answer to a crucial question in world history: how the exceptionally homogeneous Mediterranean world of c. 200 A.D. became divided into the three mutually estranged societies of the Middle Ages: Catholic Western Europe, Byzantium, and Islam
The cult of the saints : its rise and function in Latin Christianity by Peter Brown( Book )

71 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Brown has an international reputation for his fine style, a style he here turns on to illuminate the cult of the saints. Christianity was born without such a cult; it took rise and that rise needs chronicling. Brown has a gift for the memorable phrase and sees what the passersby have often overlooked. An eye-opener on an important but neglected phase of Western development."--The Christian Century
Late antiquity : a guide to the postclassical world by G. W Bowersock( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In eleven in-depth essays and over 500 encyclopedia entries, an international cast of experts provides essential information and fresh perspectives on the history and culture of an era marked by the rise of two world religions, unprecedented political upheavals that remade the map of the known world, and the creation of art of enduring glory." "By extending the commonly accepted chronological and territorial boundaries of the period - to encompass Roman, Byzantine, Sassanian, and early Islamic cultures, from the middle of the third century to the end of the eighth - this guide makes new connections and permits revealing comparisons."--Jacket
Society and the holy in late antiquity by Peter Brown( Book )

42 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the eye of a needle : wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD by Peter Brown( Book )

23 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the intellectual and social history of wealth in the early Christian church, examining the financial rise of the church and its effects on the waning Roman empire as well as the church's own beliefs on poverty
The making of late antiquity by Peter Brown( Book )

62 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in English and German and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the significant changes that took place in the classical world between the late second and early fourth centuries. A new elitism in religion had its parallel in society as a whole and a wide polarization of the wealthy and the poor developed, as unbridled ambition made the sharp distinction between the rulers and the ruled. --From publisher's description
Religion and society in the age of Saint Augustine by Peter Brown( Book )

35 editions published between 1971 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Authority and the sacred : aspects of the Christianisation of the Roman world by Peter Brown( Book )

38 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christianisation of the Roman world lies at the root of modern Europe, yet at the time it was a tentative and piecemeal process. Peter Brown's fascinating study examines the factors which proved decisive and the compromises which made the emergence of the Christian 'thought world' possible: how the the old gods of the Roman Empire could be reinterpreted as symbols to further the message of the Church. Peter Brown also shows how Christian holy men were less representative of a triumphant faith than negotiators of a working compromise between the new faith and traditional ways of dealing with the supernatural worlds
Power and persuasion in late antiquity : towards a Christian empire by Peter Brown( Book )

16 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

. Preface. . <br>1. Devotio: Autocracy and Elites. 3. <br>2. Paideia and Power. 35. <br>3. Poverty and Power. 71. <br>4. Towards a Christian Empire. 118. <br>. Index. 159 <br>
Trends in medieval political thought by Beryl Smalley( Book )

17 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ransom of the soul : afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity by Peter Brown( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marking a departure in our understanding of Christian views of the afterlife from 250 to 650 CE, The Ransom of the Soul explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul that occurred around the time of Rome's fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift transformed the church's institutional relationship to money and set the stage for its domination of medieval society in the West. Early Christian doctrine held that the living and the dead, as equally sinful beings, needed each other in order to achieve redemption. The devotional intercessions of the living could tip the balance between heaven and hell for the deceased. In the third century, money began to play a decisive role in these practices, as wealthy Christians took ever more elaborate steps to protect their own souls and the souls of their loved ones in the afterlife. They secured privileged burial sites and made lavish donations to churches. By the seventh century, Europe was dotted with richly endowed monasteries and funerary chapels displaying in marble splendor the Christian devotion of the wealthy dead. In response to the growing influence of money, church doctrine concerning the afterlife evolved from speculation to firm reality, and personal wealth in the pursuit of redemption led to extraordinary feats of architecture and acts of generosity. But it also prompted stormy debates about money's proper use -- debates that resonated through the centuries and kept alive the fundamental question of how heaven and earth could be joined by human agency
Poverty and leadership in the later Roman Empire by Peter Brown( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transformations of late antiquity : essays for Peter Brown by Emmanuel Papoutsakis( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book focuses on a simple dynamic: the taking in hand of a heritage, the variety of changes induced within it, and the handing on of that legacy to new generations. Our contributors suggest, from different standpoints, that this dynamic represented the essence of 'late antiquity'
Late antiquity by Peter Brown( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1998 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this history of the late antique period, which appeared earlier in the multivolume series A History of Private Life, Peter Browns shows 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 sense of the self of the inhabitants of its cities, and of the countryside around them
Confessions : books I-XIII by Augustine( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treasure in heaven : the holy poor in early Christianity by Peter Brown( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "holy poor" have long maintained an elite status within Christianity. Differing from the "real" poor, these clergymen, teachers, and ascetics have historically been viewed by their fellow Christians as persons who should receive material support in exchange for offering immeasurable immaterial benefits—teaching, preaching, and prayer. Supporting them—quite as much as supporting the real poor—has been a way to accumulate eventual treasure in heaven. Yet from the rise of Christian monasticism in Egypt and Syria to present day, Christians have argued fiercely about whether monks should work to support themselves. In Treasure in Heaven, renowned historian Peter Brown shifts attention from Western to Eastern Christianity, introducing us to this smoldering debate that took place across the entire Middle East from the Euphrates to the Nile. Seen against the backdrop of Asia, Christianity might have opted for a Buddhist model by which holy monks lived by begging alone. Instead, the monks of Egypt upheld an alternative model that linked the monk to humanity and the monastery to society through acceptance of the common, human bond of work. This model of Third World Christianity—a Christianity that we all too easily associate with the West—eventually became the basis for the monasticism of western Europe, as well as for modern Western attitudes to charity and labor. In Treasure in Heaven, Brown shows how and why we are still living—at times uncomfortably—with that choice. (Publisher)
The cult of saints in late antiquity and the Middle Ages : essays on the contribution of Peter Brown( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book contains eleven essays, prefaced by a general introduction, on a set of related themes: the characteristic traits and diverse functions of holy men; the fashioning of saints out of a small minority of holy men and a number of other individuals of high social status but with more dubious spiritual credentials; the literary processes involved in the construction of hagiographical texts; the role of hagiography in the creation and diffusion of cults; and the worldly interests and other purposes which were served by hagiographical texts and the cults which they propagated. These themes are explored across a wide range of social and cultural milieux, extending from the late antique east Mediterranean through the early medieval Frankish world and Byzantium to Russia and Islam in the high middle ages."--Jacket
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Brown, P. 1935-

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Браун П. Р. Л. историк 1935-

Браун, Питер

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브라운, 피터 1935-

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The rise of Western Christendom : triumph and diversity, A.D. 200-1000The body and society : men, women, and sexual renunciation in early ChristianityThe world of late antiquity : AD 150-750The cult of the saints : its rise and function in Latin ChristianityLate antiquity : a guide to the postclassical worldSociety and the holy in late antiquityThe making of late antiquityReligion and society in the age of Saint Augustine