The reader has no clue about any of the subject. He mispronounces nearly EVERY main name: Cyprian (says "SIGH-pree-un"), Paulinus, Augustine (Ah-Gus-TEEN), bishopric (buh-SHOP-rick), apposite, etc., etc. Latin is mangled as much as the French, not to mention the Hebrew. A reader need not be a scholar, but if he had asked a first-year student how to pronounce the vocab he could have improved it immensely. SO frustrating! Also reads like he's not always quite sure where the sentence is going. Badly done.
The book is a tour de force, and standard high scholarship as one would expect from Peter Brown. It is rich, interesting, and immensely provocative.
If he took a first year course in Roman history or theology....
Frustration that he could so systematically mispronounce names and terms. It stands in such utter contrast to the scholarship of the book itself that I couldn't stomach it.
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