Professor Peter Brown on Augustine: From Friendship to a New Republic
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Friday, September 29, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, 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.
Although he is most known for his spiritual conversation narrative and his views on the city of God and the city of man, Augustine was deeply committed to spiritual friendships and community life in a monastery. In this seminar, renowned biographer of Augustine and historian of late antiquity, Professor Peter Brown, will discuss lesser-known aspects of Augustine’s life in a monastic community and how that shaped his views of friendship, politics, and eternal life.