The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150-750 - Library of European Civilization (Paperback)Peter Brown (author)
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This remarkable study in social and cultural change explains how and why the Late Antique world, between c.150 and c.750 A.D., came to differ from 'Classical civilization'. These centuries, as the author demonstrates, were the era in which the most deep-rooted of ancient institutions disappeared for all time. By 476 the Roman empire had vanished from western Europe; by 655 the Persian empire had vanished from the Near East.
The result is a lucid answer to a crucial question in world history; how the exceptionally homogeneous Mediterranean world of c. 200 A.D. became divided into the three mutually estranged societies of the Middle Ages: Catholic Western Europe, Byzantium, and Islam. We still live with the results of these contrasts.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 210 x 149 x 15 mm
'Few scholars writing today can match his knack of conveying just why certain issues were so engrossing to the men and women of the ancient world ... Scholarly and provocative and well illustrated' - History Today
'Sensitive, stimulating and learned ... full of vivid imagery and impartial enthusiasm' - Sunday Times
'There is a great deal of learning and'reflection in this detailed and polished account' - The Spectator
'Superb ... it is a long time since I enjoyed a historical work so much' - Philip Toynbee, Observer
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