The World of Late Antiquity
by Peter Brown
In very few words he managed to sketch out a whole new geography which taught us that you can’t think about the rise of Christianity without looking at the fate of the old established religions like Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Manicheanism, and that the rule of the Roman Empire had to be brought into the context of Persia, the Barbarian north and followers of Islam from Arabia.
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