The Gift in Antiquity (Ancient World (Hardcover)

Comparative Histories)

By Michael Satlow (Editor)

Wiley-Blackwell, 9781444350241, 255pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2013



The Gift in Antiquity presents a collection of 14 original essays that apply French sociologist Marcel Mauss's notion of gift-giving to the study of antiquity.

- Features a collection of original essays that cover such wide-ranging topics as vows in the Hebrew Bible; ancient Greek wedding gifts; Hellenistic civic practices; Latin literature; Roman and Jewish burial practices; and Jewish and Christian religious gifts
- Organizes essays around theoretical concerns rather than chronologically
- Generates unique insights into gift-giving and reciprocity in antiquity
- Takes an explicitly cross-cultural approach to the study of ancient history.

About the Author

Michael L. Satlow is Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice (2006); Jewish Marriage in Antiquity (2001); Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality (1995) and numerous essays on Jews and Judaism in antiquity.