Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire

  title={Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire},
  author={Peter Robert Lamont Brown},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={414 - 415}
  • P. Brown
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
In three magisterial essays, Peter Brown, one of the world's foremost scholars of the society and culture of late antiquity, explores the emergence in late Roman society of "the poor" as a distinct social class, one for which the Christian church claimed a special responsibility. It is the story of how a society came to see itself as responsible for the care of a particular class of people -- a class that had not previously been cared for -- and of who benefited from that shift in interests. In… 
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