Chapter 6. Late Antiquity in Modern Eyes

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Stefan Rebenich Professor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch6

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Rebenich, S. (2009) Late Antiquity in Modern Eyes, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of History, Universität Bern, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • Late Antiquity in modern eyes;
  • positive view of Late Antiquity;
  • antiquity reinterpreted in Europe in historical, political, and aesthetic terms;
  • Late Antiquity and German Altertumswissenschaft;
  • Late Antiquity - dissenting perspectives;
  • challenge of evolutionary biology;
  • impact of social and economic history;
  • Late Antiquity and decline of cultures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Positive View of Late Antiquity

  • An Authority for the Present

  • Late Antiquity and German Altertumswissenschaft

  • Dissenting Perspectives on Late Antiquity

  • The Challenge of Evolutionary Biology

  • A “Long” Late Antiquity

  • The Impact of Social and Economic History

  • Late Antiquity and the Decline of Cultures

  • New Paths to Late Antiquity

  • Bibliographical Note