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    Ancient Supplication (Paperback) By (author) Fred Naiden

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    DescriptionThis is the first book-length treatment of supplication, an important social practice in ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Despite the importance of supplication, it has received little attention, and no previous study has explored so many aspects of the practice. Naiden investigates the varied gestures made by the supplicants, the types of requests they make, the arguments used in defense of their requests, and the role of the supplicandus, who evaluates and decides whether to fulfill the requests. Varied and abundant sources invite comparison between the societies of Greece and Rome and also among literary genres. Additionally, Naiden formulates an analysis of the ritual in its legal and political contexts. In constructing this rich and thorough study, Naiden considered over 800 acts of supplication from Greek, Hebrew, and Roman literature, art, and scientific sources. 30 illustrations and a map of the relevant locations accompany the text.


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    Title
    Ancient Supplication
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Fred Naiden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 440
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 690 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195385984
    ISBN 10: 0195385985
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: HRLF
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000, HIS002000, REL033000
    Thema V1.0: QRVJ1, QRS
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    07 January 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Review quote
    ..".a work of ancient history, where often complex moral and legal considerations take precedence over literary analysis. The great merit of such an approach is its emphasis upon social action in a violent world of steeply asymmetrical power and rights, and it gains added point from the discussion of an incident, and grisly photographs, from the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 (292-295)....a fine account of a fascinating topic at the meeting point of religious practice, law, and moral feeling." --Richard Gordon, Greece & Rome"This is a well-written work, and all sections of it are finely argued and comprehensible upon a first reading. This is a major plus given the present trend towards obscurantism and jargon in some works of ancient history. Naiden has an erudite grasp of the ancient sources, which can be clearly seen to bear the interpretation which he places upon them. He does not need to stretch the meaning of the evidence to make his arguments: his work comes strictly from the sources and what they tell and imply. Above all, this is an original work of scholarship: it is the first monograph length study of Greek and Roman supplication. It is also an excellent piece of scholarship which will be standard work on this topic for many years to come." --The Classical Review"Naiden's book, which is a major scholarly achievement, will now be the standard study of supplication in classical antiquity.... Naiden writes clearly and has a refined feeling for genre and literary context.... This is a first-rate book, and indispensable to anyone interested in ancient supplication."--David Konstan, Classical Journal"'Supplication' is one of those topics classicists--and indeed, all readers of ancient texts--encounter on almost every page of their well-worn tomes but rarely stop to consider in their own right. It is a topic worthy of inquiry and, Naiden's book is the standard reference on it. This reviewer congratulates Naiden for the com
    Table of contents
    Spellings and Abbreviations ; Chapter 1: Yes and No ; Chapter 2: The First Three Steps in Supplication ; Chapter 3: The Fourth and Last Step ; Chapter 4: Supplication and Greek Law ; Chapter 5: Supplication, Republic, and Principate ; Chapter 6: Ceremony and Morals ; Appendices ; Bibliography ; Indices