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An Interview with Peter Brown

At The Marginalia Review (a site worthy of perusal in general), there is a fascinating interview with that vir illustris ac clarissimus, responsible together with a few others for the  rise in Anglophone scholarship of the new late antiquity, Peter Brown: Part 1; Part 2.

Among the many interesting topics discussed, Prof. Brown cautions strongly against seeking an intellectual (and one could add spiritual) Shangri-La in the “early church,” whether that phrase indicates the pre-Constantinian or Constantinian church. The search for the idyllic Golden Age is not allowed to the historian.

By E.J. Hutchinson

E.J. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College.