The Gift in Antiquity (Ancient World (Hardcover)

Comparative Histories)

By Michael Satlow (Editor)

Wiley-Blackwell, 9781444350241, 255pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2013

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Description

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

- Features a collection of original essays that coversuch wide-ranging topics as vows in the Hebrew Bible; ancient Greekwedding gifts; Hellenistic civic practices; Latin literature; Romanand Jewish burial practices; and Jewish and Christian religiousgifts
- Organizes essays around theoretical concerns ratherthan chronologically
- Generates unique insights into gift-giving andreciprocity in antiquity
- Takes an explicitly cross-cultural approach to thestudy of ancient history.


About the Author

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