Bowersock has brought a novel freshness to this grand narrative. He fastens with delight on new pieces of evidence, from each of which he derives conclusions that significantly alter our view of the whole story.
—The New York Review of Books
Glen Bowersock turns topics that are marginal to traditional ancient history into mainstream subjects, and thereby brings new ideas into play. Thus he inspires numerous others to continued research. Religion, wars and empires in the late antique Near East are reinterpreted. Momentous events, the results of which we can still witness, are here described in a concise and eminently readable account.
—Benjamin Isaac, Tel Aviv University
G. W. BOWERSOCK is professor emeritus of ancient history at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. His most recent book is From Gibbon to Auden: Essays on the Classical Tradition.