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Author Brown, Peter, 1935-
Title Through the eye of a needle : wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD / Peter Brown.
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012.
Book Cover

 Floor2  BR162.3 .B77 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xxx, 759 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Wealth, Christianity, and giving at the end of an ancient world. Aurea aetas : wealth in an age of gold ; Mediocritas : the social profile of the Latin Church, 312-ca. 370 ; Amor civicus = Love of the city : wealth and its uses in an ancient world; "Treasure in heaven" : wealth in the Christian Church -- An age of affluence. Symmachus : being noble in fourth-century Rome ; Avidus civicae gratiae = Greedy for the good favor of the city : Symmachus and the people of Rome ; Ambrose and his people ; "Avarice, the root of all evil" : Ambrose and Northern Italy ; Augustine : spes saeculi : careerism, patronage, and religious bonding, 354-384 ; From Milan to Hippo : Augustine and the making of a religious community, 384-396 ; "The life in common of a kind of divine and heavenly republic: : Augustine on public and private in a monastic community ; Ista vero saecularia = Those things, indeed, of the world : Ausonius, villas, and the language of wealth ; Ex opulentissimo divite = From being rich as rich can be : Paulinus of Nola and the renunciation of wealth, 389-395 ; Commercium spirituale = The spiritual exchange : Paulinus of Nola and the poetry of wealth ,395-408 ; 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 ; "To sing the Lord's song in a strange land" : Jerome in Rome, 382-385 ; Between Rome and Jerusalem : women, patronage, and learning, 385-412 -- An age of crisis. "The eye of a needle" and "The treasure of the soul" : renunciation, nobility, and the Sack of Rome, 405-413 ; Tolle divitem = Take away the rich : the Pelagian criticism of wealth ; Augustine's Africa : people and Church ; "Dialogues with the crowd" : the rich, the people, and the city in the sermons of Augustine ; "Dimitte nobis debita nostra" = Forgive us our sins : Augustine, wealth, and Pelagianism, 411-417 ; "Out of Africa" : wealth, power, and the churches, 415-430 ; "Still at that time a more affluent Empire" : the crisis of the West in the fifth century -- Aftermaths. Among the saints : Marseilles, Arles, and LĂ©rins, 400-440 ; Romana respublica vel iam mortua = With the empire now dead and gone : Salvian and his Gaul, 420-450 ; Ob Italiae securitatem = For the security of Italy : Rome and Italy, ca. 430-ca. 530 -- Toward another world. Patrimonia pauperum = Patrimonies of the poor : wealth and conflict in the churches of the sixth century ; Servator fidei, patriaeque semper amator = Guardian of the Faith, and always lover of (his) homeland : wealth and piety in the sixth century.
Subject Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
Wealth -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History.
Rome -- History -- Empire, 284-476.
ISBN 9780691152905 (hardcover : alk. paper)
069115290X (hardcover : alk. paper)
OCLC number 761383853