Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire

  title={Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire},
  author={Peter Robert Lamont Brown},
  • P. Brown
  • Published 15 October 1992
  • History
Peter Brown, a known authority on Mediterranean civilisation in late antiquity, traces the growing power of early Christian bishops as they wrested influence from the philosophers who had traditionally advised the rulers of Graeco-Roman society. In the new "Christian empire", the ancient bonds of citizen to citizen and of each city to its benefactors were replaced by a common loyalty to a distant, Christian autocrat. This transformation of the Roman Empire from an ancient to a medieval society… 
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