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    Ancient Supplication (Hardback) By (author) F. S. 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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    Ancient Supplication
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) F. S. Naiden
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 440
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 792 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195183412
    ISBN 10: 019518341X

    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    BIC subject category V2: HRLM, HRKP
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 394
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    DC22: 204.46
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000, REL033000
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, QRVP, QRS
    Illustrations note
    26 halftones, 1 map
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    10 August 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Fred S. Naiden is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Tulane University.
    Review quote
    This book analysesa remarkable quantity of evidence drawn from a combination of Greek and Roman sources in an innovative attempt to bridge traditional divides between philologists, scholars of ritual and legalists... The book is extremely well written and polished, helpfully organized into small sections with the subheadings. Sarah Hitch, JHS