Peter Heather

Charity Begins in Rome

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

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Peter Brown has just retired from an extraordinarily distinguished career that took him from Oxford to Princeton via London and Berkeley. A defining voice in late antique studies, he is one of the chief reasons that the field has been flourishing in recent years. When a writer of this stature produces a major new work, there’s always the possibility that anticipation might outstrip achievement, but Through the Eye of a Needle displays Brown at his very best.

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