'Wealth, Work, and the Holy Poor: Early Christian Monasticism between Syria and Egypt'

Monday, April 28, 2014
4:30 pm - 5:40 pm, Royce Hall Conf/Seminar - - Humanities Conf Room 314

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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Free and open to the public. Limited seating.


Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
(310) 825-1880

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“Wealth, Work, and the Holy Poor: Early Christian Monasticism between Syria and Egypt”

Peter Brown (Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Princeton University) is credited with having created the field of study referred to as late antiquity (250-800 A.D.), the period during which Rome fell, the three major monotheistic religions took shape, and Christianity spread across Europe.

Professor Brown has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (1982), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2001). In 2008, he won the Kluge Prize of the Library of Congress.

His most recent book, Through the Eye of a Needle (2013), 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. It 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.

Co-sponsored by California Consortium for the Study of Late Antiquity, UCLA Department of History, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Peter H. Reill Term Chair in European History, USC Dornsife Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and University Religious Conference at UCLA.

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