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The Resource Through the eye of a needle : wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, Peter Brown

Through the eye of a needle : wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, Peter Brown

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Through the eye of a needle : wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Title
Through the eye of a needle
Title remainder
wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Statement of responsibility
Peter Brown
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity. Peter Brown examines the rise of the church through the lens of money and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and called avarice the root of all evil. Drawing on the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, Brown examines the controversies and changing attitudes toward money caused by the influx of new wealth into church coffers, and describes the spectacular acts of divestment by rich donors and their growing influence in an empire beset with crisis. He shows how the use of wealth for the care of the poor competed with older forms of philanthropy deeply rooted in the Roman world, and sheds light on the ordinary people who gave away their money in hopes of treasure in heaven. Through the Eye of a Needle challenges the widely held notion that Christianity's growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions, and offers a fresh perspective on the social history of the church in late antiquity."--Publisher's description
  • Traces the intellectual and social history of wealth in the early Christian church, examining the financial rise of the church and its effects on the waning Roman empire as well as the church's own beliefs on poverty
Cataloging source
E7B
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1935-
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Brown, Peter
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Church history
  • Wealth
  • Rome
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • Church history
  • Wealth
  • Rome (Empire)
  • Christentum
  • Reichtum
  • Sozialgeschichte
  • Römisches Reich
  • Weströmisches Reich
Label
Through the eye of a needle : wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, Peter Brown
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 641-717) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • pt. 1. Wealth, Christianity, and giving at the end of an ancient world -- pt. 2. An age of affluence -- pt. 3. An age of crisis -- pt. 4. Aftermaths -- pt. 5. Toward another world
  • Aurea aetas: Wealth in an age of gold -- Mediocritas: The social profile of the Latin Church, 312-ca. 370 -- Amor civicus: Love of the city: Wealth and its uses in an ancient world -- "Treasure in heaven": Wealth in the Christian church -- Symmachus: Being noble in fourth-century Rome -- Avidus civicae gratiae: greedy for the good favor of the city: Symmachus and the people of Rome ; Ambrose and his people -- "Avarice, the root of all evil": Ambrose and Northern Italy -- Augustine: Spes saeculi: careerism, patronage, and religious bonding, 354-384 -- From Milan to Hippo: Augustine and the making of a religious community, 384-396 -- "The Life in Common of a kind of Divine and Heavenly Republic": Augustine on public and private in a monastic community -- Ista vero saecularia: Those things, indeed, of the world: Ausonius, villas, and the language of wealth -- Ex opulentissimo divite: From being rich as rich can be: Paulinus of Nola and the renunciation of wealth, 389-395 -- Commercium spirituale: The spiritual exchange: Paulinus of Nola and the poetry of wealth, 395-408 -- Propter magnificentiam urbis Romae: By reason of the magnificence of the city of Rome: The Roman rich and their clergy, from Constantine to Damasus, 312-384 -- "To Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land": Jerome in Rome, 382-385 -- Between Rome and Jerusalem: Women, patronage, and learning, 385-412 -- "The Eye of a Needle" and "The Treasure of the Soul": Renunciation, nobility, and the Sack of Rome, 405-413 -- Tolle divitem: Take away the rich: the Pelagian criticism of wealth -- Augustine's Africa: People and church -- "Dialogues with the Crowd": The rich, the people, and the city in the sermons of Augustine -- Dimitte nobis debita nostra: Forgive us our sins: Augustine, wealth, and Pelagianism, 411-417 -- "Out of Africa": Wealth, power, and the churches, 415-430 -- "Still at that Time a More Affluent Empire": The crisis of the West in the fifth century -- Among the saints: Marseilles, Arles, and Lérins, 400-440 -- Romana respublica vel iam mortua: With the empire now dead and gone: Salvian and his Gaul, 420-450 -- Ob Italiae securitatem: For the security of Italy: Rome and Italy, ca. 430-ca. 530 -- Patrimonia pauperum: Patrimonies of the poor: Wealth and conflict in the churches of the sixth century -- Servator fidei, patriaeque semper amator: Guardian of the faith, and always lover of (his) homeland: Wealth and piety in the sixth century
Control code
ocn808341119
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxx, 759 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400844531
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • 9786613860620
  • 9781283548175
  • 40021292709
  • 10.1515/9781400844531
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 386062
  • 22573/ctt9b1bq
  • 48c11fea-79bb-44de-91be-c5e0be896e0d
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)808341119
Label
Through the eye of a needle : wealth, the fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, Peter Brown
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 641-717) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • pt. 1. Wealth, Christianity, and giving at the end of an ancient world -- pt. 2. An age of affluence -- pt. 3. An age of crisis -- pt. 4. Aftermaths -- pt. 5. Toward another world
  • Aurea aetas: Wealth in an age of gold -- Mediocritas: The social profile of the Latin Church, 312-ca. 370 -- Amor civicus: Love of the city: Wealth and its uses in an ancient world -- "Treasure in heaven": Wealth in the Christian church -- Symmachus: Being noble in fourth-century Rome -- Avidus civicae gratiae: greedy for the good favor of the city: Symmachus and the people of Rome ; Ambrose and his people -- "Avarice, the root of all evil": Ambrose and Northern Italy -- Augustine: Spes saeculi: careerism, patronage, and religious bonding, 354-384 -- From Milan to Hippo: Augustine and the making of a religious community, 384-396 -- "The Life in Common of a kind of Divine and Heavenly Republic": Augustine on public and private in a monastic community -- Ista vero saecularia: Those things, indeed, of the world: Ausonius, villas, and the language of wealth -- Ex opulentissimo divite: From being rich as rich can be: Paulinus of Nola and the renunciation of wealth, 389-395 -- Commercium spirituale: The spiritual exchange: Paulinus of Nola and the poetry of wealth, 395-408 -- Propter magnificentiam urbis Romae: By reason of the magnificence of the city of Rome: The Roman rich and their clergy, from Constantine to Damasus, 312-384 -- "To Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land": Jerome in Rome, 382-385 -- Between Rome and Jerusalem: Women, patronage, and learning, 385-412 -- "The Eye of a Needle" and "The Treasure of the Soul": Renunciation, nobility, and the Sack of Rome, 405-413 -- Tolle divitem: Take away the rich: the Pelagian criticism of wealth -- Augustine's Africa: People and church -- "Dialogues with the Crowd": The rich, the people, and the city in the sermons of Augustine -- Dimitte nobis debita nostra: Forgive us our sins: Augustine, wealth, and Pelagianism, 411-417 -- "Out of Africa": Wealth, power, and the churches, 415-430 -- "Still at that Time a More Affluent Empire": The crisis of the West in the fifth century -- Among the saints: Marseilles, Arles, and Lérins, 400-440 -- Romana respublica vel iam mortua: With the empire now dead and gone: Salvian and his Gaul, 420-450 -- Ob Italiae securitatem: For the security of Italy: Rome and Italy, ca. 430-ca. 530 -- Patrimonia pauperum: Patrimonies of the poor: Wealth and conflict in the churches of the sixth century -- Servator fidei, patriaeque semper amator: Guardian of the faith, and always lover of (his) homeland: Wealth and piety in the sixth century
Control code
ocn808341119
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxx, 759 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400844531
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • 9786613860620
  • 9781283548175
  • 40021292709
  • 10.1515/9781400844531
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 386062
  • 22573/ctt9b1bq
  • 48c11fea-79bb-44de-91be-c5e0be896e0d
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)808341119

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