The Rise and Function of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity

  title={The Rise and Function of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity},
  author={P. G. McC. Brown},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={80 - 101}
  • P. Brown
  • Published 1 November 1971
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
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