The World of Late Antiquity

AD 150-750


A ground-breaking work of scholarship, considering the Late Antique World as a period of immense cultural innovation

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Peter Brown


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.

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Weight 458 g
Dimensions 14.9 x 20.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 1989
Number of pages 216
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.9 x 20.9 cm
Weight 458 g


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Peter Brown is Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. His work concerns the religious culture of the later Roman Empire and early medieval Europe.