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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential monograph, 14 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150-750 (Library of European Civilization) (Paperback)
Peter Brown, a professor of History at Princeton University, is a legend in the field of Late Antique studies. While many classicists flippantly refer to the Roman world after 312 as merely "medieval," Professor Brown paints a portrait of a vibrant Late Antique world, a world filled with both great accomplishments and dramatic changes. Brown is a genuine humanist; he writes with a clear, graceful style and his book is as pleasant to read as it is enlightening. The book is also well illustrated, presenting a number of brilliant examples of Late Antique art. While a short work, it provides a whirlwind survey of the whole of the classical world, and includes discussions of the Persian Empire, which is often ignored by Rome-centric classicists. It is also a brisk tour of history, covering the period between the reign of Marcus Aurelius and the Arab conquests. Nonetheless, it is an essential introduction to the period between 200 and 700, and a must read for those Roman history buffs who are tired of the Roman saga ending abruptly with the Council of Nicea.
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