[A] vade mecum for anybody drawn to what we used to call the Dark Ages, that swirling, little-understood period form the 3rd to the 8th centuries.--Michael Dirda "Washington Post Book World "A magnificent Guide to the post-classical world in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.--Rosamond McKitterick "Times Literary Supplement "A proper educational guide cannot tell us what we need to know, but it can provide a map and a direction by which we may progress. Late Antiquity is, in this respect, the epitome of educational guides for the earnest student of history...Brown, Bowersock, and Grabar have all contributed seminal works in the figures and institutions that shaped and informed this vibrant, and previously obscured, time. To their credit, they have done for late antiquity what Niels Bohr did for the quantum electron: they discovered, or, more accurately, uncovered it. Late Antiquity is half encyclopedia, half textbook, and a whole world of scholarship. With 11 thematic essays and over 500 encyclopedic entries, Late Antiquity contains a starting point for the student and a crucial resource for the scholar.--Paul-Jonathan Bensen "Boston Book Review "Reading Late Antiquity one has a sense of the tearing down of barriers which have divided what should be a seamless web of the past. History does not in reality confine itself to neatly separate areas and departments--Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Coptic, Arabic, Germanic--in the way that universities do...Late Antiquity keeps to a very high standard of scholarship and it will please a wide range of serious readers.--Jasper Griffin "New York Review of Books "Some books are like the Grand Bazaar: a maze of twisting byways where every corner promises surprise. Late Antiquity is such a book. Modestly calling itself a guide, this sumptuous volume shows the way not only to exotic and often vanished locales, but also to the emperors and caliphs, kingdoms and dynasties, ascetics and voluptuaries, and even the ordinary citizens of that complex and tortuous half-millennium (from 250 to 800 A.D.) in which our own spiritual and intellectual world first took recognizable shape. More than 200 experts have contributed, but the guide displays none of the numbing sameness that so often discourages the reader of scholarly monographs. Alongside succinct articles on Augustine or on ships (with a fine line-drawing of a Byzantine double-oared vessel) or on Jerusalem, there are treatments of bed-chambers, camels, prayer and even pornography, among other topics.--Eric Ormsby "Wall Street Journal "The editors of this handsome and inviting volume have each helped kindle the recent explosion in postclassical studies with important contributions on the creeds and cultures of the first millennium CE. Late Antiquity offers casual browsers and learned specialists alike a unique introduction to the summation of current scholarship on the period that has for too long been held as 'the unraveling of a once glorious...civilization' or 'a violent and hurried prelude to better things'...Highly recommended.--B. Juhl "Choice "This era is analyzed and illustrated with encyclopedic thoroughness and precision in Late Antiquity...The metaphysical tension and clash of cultures of Late Antiquity reminds one of our own; Late Antiquity is, unintentionally, a mirror of the 21st century. Edited by distinguished scholars G. W. Bowersock, Oleg Grabar and Peter Brown, this volume heralds a new discipline and extends a welcome to non-scholars as well.--Tom D'Evelyn "Providence Sunday Journal "