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Alms, Work and the 'Holy Poor': Early Monasticism between Syria and Egypt

Alms, Work and the 'Holy Poor': Early Monasticism between Syria and Egypt
121 St. Joseph St., Alumni Hall Room 100
Time: Nov 20th, 4:15 pm End: Nov 20th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Ethics, 400-1200, 1-400 CE
2014 Etienne Gilson Lecture by Peter Brown, Princeton University

The Pontifical Institute of Medieaval Studies is pleased to present the 2014 Etienne Gilson Lecture:

Peter Brown, Princeton University

Alms, Work, and the 'Holy Poor': Early Monasticism between Syria and Egypt

Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University. His many books and essays on the world of Late Antiquity have proved at once ground-breaking and magisterial: indeed, no single scholar may justifiably be said to have both defined and shaped the discipline as powerfully as he has. Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (2012), his most recent volume, has commanded wide praise and garnered many prizes. Glen Bowersock's review in the The New Republic remains exemplary: "It is exciting to watch a historian who has already written so extensively on Late Antiquity ... revise his old views and reimagine the world we thought we knew from him. Through the Eye of a Needle is a tremendous achievement, even for a scholar who has already achieved so much. Its range is as vast as its originality... His unique and irresistable ability to guide auditors and readers, to tease, enchant, and instruct them, is fully on display here. There can be no doubt that we are in the presence of a historian and teacher of genius."

This event is free and open to all.  A reception will be held after the talk in the Lawrence K. Shook Common Room at the Pontifical Institute for Medieaval Studies, 59 Queens Park Crescent East. For further information, please contact the Institute Secretary, Barbara North at (416) 926-7142.

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