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Through the eye of a needle : wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD

Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: Princeton [u.a.] : Princeton Univ. Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1. paperback printView all editions and formats

Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. This book offers a sweeping intellectual and social history of the  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Brown
ISBN: 9780691161778 0691161771 9780691152905 069115290X
OCLC Number: 881433039
Notes: Literaturverz. S. 641 - 717.
Awards: Winner of 2012 Gold Medal Book of the Year Award, History category 2012
Winner of Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award, Humanities 2012
Winner of Winner of the 2012 R. R. Hawkins Award 2012
Winner of Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History 2013
Winner of Philip Schaff Prize, American Society of Church History 2013
Winner of Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award, Classics & Ancient History 2012
Commended for Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, McGill University 2013
Short-listed for Bloomberg's Best Books of 2016 2016
Description: XXX, 759, [16] S. : Ill., Kt.
Contents: List of Maps xvList of Illustrations xviiPreface xix Part I Wealth, Christianity, and Giving at the End of an Ancient World 1 Chapter 1 Aurea aetas - Wealth in an Age of Gold 3Chapter 2 Mediocritas - The Social Profile of the Latin Church, 312-ca. 370 31Chapter 3 Amor civicus - Love of the city - Wealth and Its Uses in an Ancient World 53Chapter 4 "Treasure in Heaven" - Wealth in the Christian Church 72Part II An Age of Affluence 91 Chapter 5 Symmachus - Being Noble in Fourth-Century Rome 93Chapter 6 Avidus civicae gratiae - Greedy for the good favor of the city - Symmachus and the People of Rome 110Chapter 7 Ambrose and His People 120Chapter 8 "Avarice, the Root of All Evil" - Ambrose and Northern Italy 135Chapter 9 Augustine - Spes saeculi - Careerism, Patronage and Religious Bonding, 354-384 148Chapter 10 From Milan to Hippo - Augustine and the Making of a Religious Community, 384-396 161Chapter 11 "The Life in Common of a kind of Divine and Heavenly Republic" - Augustine on Public and Private in a Monastic Community 173Chapter 12 Ista vero saecularia - Those things, indeed, of the world - Ausonius, Villas, and the Language of Wealth 185Chapter 13 Ex opulentissimo divite - From being rich as rich can be Paulinus of Nola and the Renunciation of Wealth, 389-395 208Chapter 14 Commercium spiritale The spiritual Exchange - Paulinus of Nola and the Poetry of Wealth, 395-408 224Chapter 15 Propter magnificentiam urbis Romae - By reason of the magnificence of the city of Rome - The Roman Rich and their Clergy, from Constantine to Damasus, 312-384 241Chapter 16 "To Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land" - Jerome in Rome, 382-385 259Chapter 17 Between Rome and Jerusalem - Women, Patronage, and Learning, 385-412 273Part III An Age of Crisis 289 Chapter 18 "The Eye of a Needle" and "The Treasure of the Soul" - Renunciation, Nobility, and the Sack of Rome, 405-413 291Chapter 19 Tolle divitem - Take away the rich - The Pelagian Criticism of Wealth 308Chapter 20 Augustine's Africa - People and Church 322Chapter 21 "Dialogues with the Crowd" - The Rich, the People, and the City in the Sermons of Augustine 339Chapter 22 Dimitte nobis debita nostra - Forgive us our sins - Augustine, Wealth, and Pelagianism, 411-417 359Chapter 23 "Out of Africa" - Wealth, Power and the Churches, 415-430 369Chapter 24 "Still at that Time a More Affluent Empire" - The Crisis of the West in the Fifth Century 385Part IV Aftermaths 409 Chapter 25 Among the Saints - Marseilles, Arles and Lerins, 400-440 411Chapter 26 Romana respublica vel iam mortua - With the empire now dead and gone - Salvian and His Gaul, 420-450 433Chapter 27 Ob Italiae securitatem - For the security of Italy - Rome and Italy, ca. 430-ca. 530 454Part V Toward Another World 479 Chapter 28 Patrimonia pauperum - Patrimonies of the poor - Wealth and Conflict in the Churches of the Sixth Century 481Chapter 29 Servator fidei, patriaeque semper amator - Guardian of the Faith, and always lover of [his] homeland - Wealth and Piety in the Sixth Century 503Conclusion 527 Abbreviations 531 Notes 533 Works Cited Primary Sources 641Secondary Sources 654Index 719
Responsibility: Peter Brown.


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