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Professor Peter Brown

BA, MA, FBA, FRHistS, DTheol (Hon), DHL (Hon), DLitt (Hon)
Quondam Fellow since 1975
Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Princeton University
Professor Peter Brown
  • Background

    • Professor of Classics and History, University of California at Berkeley (from 1978 to 1986)
    • Professor of History, Royal Holloway College, University of London (from 1975 to 1978)
    • Reader, University of Oxford (from 1973 to 1975)
    • Lecturer in Medieval History, Merton College, Oxford (from 1970 to 1975)
    • Special Lecturer in Late Roman and Early Byzantine History (from 1970 to 1973)
    • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 1970 to 1975)
    • Junior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 1963 to 1969)
    • Prize Fellow, All Souls College (from 1956 to 1963)
    • Undergraduate, New College, Oxford (from 1953 to 1956)
  • Research interests

    • Rise of Christianity and the transition from the ancient to the early medieval world
    • Currently working on the problems of wealth, poverty and the shift from an ancient to a medieval view of society in the late antique and early medieval periods
  • Selected publications

    • Body and Society (New York, 1988: reprint with Introduction 2008)
    • The Rise of Western Christendom: 200-1000 A.D. (Oxford 1996; 2nd revd edn, 2003)
    • Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (Hanover, New Hampshire, 2002)
      Augustine of Hippo (London 1967, new edn. With epilogue, 2000)
    • Augustine of Hippo (London 1967, new edn. With epilogue, 2000)
    • Authority and the Sacred (Cambridge, 1995)
    • Power and Persuasion (Madison, Wisc. 1992)
    • Religion and Society in the Age of Saint Augustine (London, 1972, 2nd edn., New York, 1989)
    • Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity (Berkeley, 1982)
    • The Cult of the Saints (Chicago, 1981)
    • The Making of Late Antiquity (Harvard, 1978)
    • The World of Late Antiquity (London, 1972)
    • Link to Publications
  • Teaching and supervision

    • History of late antiquity, Byzantium, and the Early Middle Ages, such as ‘Understanding the Dark Ages’ and ‘Saints and Sinners in Early Byzantium’