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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
Peter Brown

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Maps xv
List of Illustrations xvii
Preface xix

Part I Wealth, Christianity, and Giving at the End of an Ancient World 1

  • Chapter 1 Aurea aetas - Wealth in an Age of Gold 3
  • Chapter 2 Mediocritas - The Social Profile of the Latin Church, 312-ca. 370 31
  • Chapter 3 Amor civicus - Love of the city - Wealth and Its Uses in an Ancient World 53
  • Chapter 4 "Treasure in Heaven" - Wealth in the Christian Church 72

Part II An Age of Affluence 91

  • Chapter 5 Symmachus - Being Noble in Fourth-Century Rome 93
  • Chapter 6 Avidus civicae gratiae - Greedy for the good favor of the city - Symmachus and the People of Rome 110
  • Chapter 7 Ambrose and His People 120
  • Chapter 8 "Avarice, the Root of All Evil" - Ambrose and Northern Italy 135
  • Chapter 9 Augustine - Spes saeculi - Careerism, Patronage and Religious Bonding, 354-384 148
  • Chapter 10 From Milan to Hippo - Augustine and the Making of a Religious Community, 384-396 161
  • Chapter 11 "The Life in Common of a kind of Divine and Heavenly Republic" - Augustine on Public and Private in a Monastic Community 173
  • Chapter 12 Ista vero saecularia - Those things, indeed, of the world - Ausonius, Villas, and the Language of Wealth 185
  • Chapter 13 Ex opulentissimo divite - From being rich as rich can be Paulinus of Nola and the Renunciation of Wealth, 389-395 208
  • Chapter 14 Commercium spiritale The spiritual Exchange - Paulinus of Nola and the Poetry of Wealth, 395-408 224
  • Chapter 15 Propter magnificentiam urbis Romae - By reason of the magnificence of the city of Rome - The Roman Rich and their Clergy, from Constantine to Damasus, 312-384 241
  • Chapter 16 "To Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land" - Jerome in Rome, 382-385 259
  • Chapter 17 Between Rome and Jerusalem - Women, Patronage, and Learning, 385-412 273

Part III An Age of Crisis 289

  • Chapter 18 "The Eye of a Needle" and "The Treasure of the Soul" - Renunciation, Nobility, and the Sack of Rome, 405-413 291
  • Chapter 19 Tolle divitem - Take away the rich - The Pelagian Criticism of Wealth 308
  • Chapter 20 Augustine's Africa - People and Church 322
  • Chapter 21 "Dialogues with the Crowd" - The Rich, the People, and the City in the Sermons of Augustine 339
  • Chapter 22 Dimitte nobis debita nostra - Forgive us our sins - Augustine, Wealth, and Pelagianism, 411-417 359
  • Chapter 23 "Out of Africa" - Wealth, Power and the Churches, 415-430 369
  • Chapter 24 "Still at that Time a More Affluent Empire" - The Crisis of the West in the Fifth Century 385

Part IV Aftermaths 409

  • Chapter 25 Among the Saints - Marseilles, Arles and Lérins, 400-440 411
  • Chapter 26 Romana respublica vel iam mortua - With the empire now dead and gone - Salvian and His Gaul, 420-450 433
  • Chapter 27 Ob Italiae securitatem - For the security of Italy - Rome and Italy, ca. 430-ca. 530 454

Part V Toward Another World 479

  • Chapter 28 Patrimonia pauperum - Patrimonies of the poor - Wealth and Conflict in the Churches of the Sixth Century 481
  • Chapter 29 Servator fidei, patriaeque semper amator - Guardian of the Faith, and always lover of [his] homeland - Wealth and Piety in the Sixth Century 503

Conclusion 527

Abbreviations 531

Notes 533

Works Cited

  • Primary Sources 641
  • Secondary Sources 654

Index 719

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