Ancient Supplication

Hardcover | January 18, 2007

byF. S. Naiden

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This 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 thevaried 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 andRome 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. 30illustrations and a map of the relevant locations accompany the text.

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This 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 thevaried gestures made by the supplicants, the t...

Fred S. Naiden is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Tulane University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 1.42 inPublished:January 18, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019518341X

ISBN - 13:9780195183412

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"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 ancientsupplication."--David Konstan, Classical Journal