Inaugural Costan Lecture 2014 – Peter Brown

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Peter Brown“Alms, Work, and the Holy Poor: Early Christian Monasticism between Syria and Egypt”

Peter Brown, Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus, Princeton University

December 4, 2014

Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History and Emeritus at Princeton University. He is widely regarded as the leading historian of Late Antiquity – indeed is credited with having coined the very term “late antiquity.” He has written numerous groundbreaking historical books including Augustine of Hippo (1967, 2000); The World of Late Antiquity (1971); The Cult of the Saints (1982); The Body and Society (1988); Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire (1992); Authority and the Sacred: Aspects of the Christianization of the Roman World (1995); The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000 (1996, 2003; 2013); Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2002); and, most recently, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (2012).


December 5, 2014

Dr. Brown also led a workshop for Georgetown faculty and graduate students in which he reflected on his career in academia, the discipline of history, the process of writing, and working with texts.

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