Review Articles

The Needle's Eye: Wealth and Western Society from the Late Roman Empire to the Early Middle Ages



This review article discusses Peter Brown, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550AD (pp. xxx + 759, 16 col. plates; Princeton University Press; Princeton, NJ, 2012). Following an overall view of the book (I), this essay makes observations about the handling of late Roman social structures (II), about the implications of the geographical emphases of the book (III) and about the implications of the judgments it offers on the chronology of the transition from late antiquity to the early middle ages (IV). This essay also comments on literary methods and their role in Brown’s exposition (V) and offers a concluding reflection on the kind of historical craftsmanship exemplified by the book (VI).
  • Year: 2014
  • Volume: 8
  • Page/Article: 68-89
  • DOI: 10.18573/j.2014.10326
  • Published on 15 Dec 2014