A pleasure to report fantastic news. Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton, and the man who has inspired more people than anyone else to study late antiquity, has been named co-winner of the 2008 Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity:
He and Romila Thapar, a professor emeritus in history at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, will receive the award in a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Library of Congress. They are the sixth and seventh recipients since the prize's 2003 inception, and each will receive half of the US$1 million award.
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Brown is the author of a number of important works, including the St. Augustine biography, "Augustine of Hippo" (1967); "The World of Late Antiquity" (1971), in which he wrote about 200 to 1000 C.E. as a whole new period that had not previously been seen as such and set the agenda for a new field of study; and "The Rise of Western Christendom" (1996), in which he showed the rise of Christianity as the emergence of a new social and intellectual world long before the Renaissance.
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