Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University. He is credited with having created the field of study referred to as late antiquity (250-800 A.D.), the period during which Rome fell, the three major monotheistic religions took shape, and Christianity spread across Europe. A native of Ireland, Professor Brown earned his B.A. in history from Oxford University, where he taught until 1975 as a Fellow of All Souls College. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1986 after teaching at the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley.
Interviews with Peter Brown
The Social And Economic History Of Roman Empire
by Michael Rostovtzeff
A History of Education in Antiquity
by Henri-Irénée Marrou
Philosophy as a Way of Life
by Pierre Hadot
Mosaics as History: The Near East from Late Antiquity to Islam
by GW Bowersock
Pauvreté économique et pauvreté sociale à Byzance
by Evelyne Patlagean
Interviews where books by Peter Brown were recommended
Cultural and philosophical changes that occurred in late antiquity are essential to our understanding of the world today, but few us know much about that period. Historian Robin Lane Fox recommends the best books to read to get a good sense of late antiquity.
Christianity has been profoundly influenced by Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE), but the fifth-century North African bishop has impacted almost every area of western thought: philosophy, theology, political theory, linguistics, and rhetoric. His Confessions is one of the most recommended titles on Five Books, but is it really the first autobiography? Professor Catherine Conybeare introduces us to the life, thought, and personality of this controversial yet brilliant figure. She picks the best books to learn more about St. Augustine and explores how he has been unfairly maligned.
by Augustine (translated by Maria Boulding)
The Cult of the Saints Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity
by Peter Brown
Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary
by Miri Rubin
Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits
by Allan Greer
Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them
by Robert Orsi
Heroes are universal to human culture and, in Christian culture, they manifested themselves as saints. Historian Simon Yarrow recommends the best books to understand the saints, from their widespread appearance in late antiquity to their continuing influence in modern America.