The picture above, from an evangelical organization that promotes mission activities, shows a woman ﬆanding by what is supposed to be the needle through which the camel is supposed to pass.
Peter Brown has published a survey of the economic hiﬆory of the Weﬆern Roman Empire in the period 350–550 ad. This is ﬁne as far as it goes, but since he is focused entirely on the economic scene, and on attitudes towards money, it makes for rather dry reading, and I'm afraid that I prefer hiﬆory with more of an emphasis on
story than Brown provides.
One problem with the book is that Brown uses the Latin/Greek word when there is an English word or phrase available. For example, at one point he uses the phrase
civic euergetism, which means
doing good deeds. The word comes from the Greek
εὐεργετέω and there is a Wikipedia article about it, but surely he could juﬆ as easily have used
civic mindedness, or a similar phrase.
As I say, it is a ﬁne book if you're doing research, or are a serious ﬅudent of the period. The general reader with a moderate intereﬆ in the topic will probably not want to venture more than ahundred or so pages into the book before switching to something more diverting.
Next up, Condoleeza Rice's memoirs of her time in Washington.