Title: Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: University of California Press October 1989
0520068009 / 9780520068001
Seller ID: 20080207134111
Peter Brown's insights into Late Antiquity break new ground nearly every time he applies his craft. Two examples in particular in this collection have profoundly influenced our understanding of the period: ''The Rise and Function of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity,'' which examines the role of the stylites and other ascetics of the early Byzantine period, who, by standing completely outside normal social relations were able to speak a just or healing word into them; and ''Eastern and Western Christendom in Late Antiquity: A Parting of the Ways,'' an exploration of the subtle but pervasive shifts in the understanding of holiness and its locus in society.
An Eighth Day View:
With the blend of art and learning that is the hallmark of his work, Peter Brown here examines how the sacred impinged upon the profane during the first Christian millennium.