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Thursday, December 14, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity. By Peter Brown.
Peter Brown, a revered historian of late antiquity, presents a fascinating picture of the changes in belief that occurred between 250 and 650 about what happened to the soul after death, and how human agency could help join heaven and earth by prayer and almsgiving. Money played an ever more decisive role in this agency, as wealthy Christians became concerned not just about how their money might help their beloved dead but also the afterlife of their own souls.