The Gift in Antiquity by Michael Satlow

By Michael Satlow

The reward in Antiquity provides a suite of 14 unique essays that follow French sociologist Marcel Mauss’s concept of gift-giving to the learn of antiquity.

•  contains a number of unique essays that conceal such wide-ranging themes as vows within the Hebrew Bible; historical Greek marriage ceremony presents; Hellenistic civic practices; Latin literature; Roman and Jewish burial practices; and Jewish and Christian non secular presents
•  Organizes essays round theoretical issues instead of chronologically
•  Generates special insights into gift-giving and reciprocity in antiquity  
•  Takes an explicitly cross-cultural method of the learn of historic background

Show description

Read Online or Download The Gift in Antiquity PDF

Similar customs & traditions books

A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook

The whole Witches' guide. every little thing you must comprehend is right here! The Sabbats; Casting & Banishing the Magic Circle; the full booklet of Shadows; the good ceremony; Initiation Rites; Consecration Rites; Spells; Witches' instruments; Witchcraft & intercourse; working a Coven; Clairvoyance;Astral Projection. This assortment contains books in a single quantity, 8 Sabbats for Witches and The Witches' approach, and is the main entire and revealing paintings at the rules, rituals and ideology of contemporary witchcraft.

Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing around the World

The individuals to Encyclopedia of nationwide costume: conventional garments worldwide study garments that's symbolic of the folks who reside in areas around the world, delivering a historic and geographic point of view that illustrates how humans costume and explains the explanations at the back of the fabric, layout, and magnificence.

The Handbook of Palestine

Excerpt from The guide of PalestineThe instruction manual of Palestine has been written and published in the course of a interval of transition within the management of the rustic. whereas the publication used to be within the press the Council of the League of countries officially licensed the conferment on nice Britain of the Mandate for Palestine; and, consequent upon this act, a brand new structure is to come back into strength, the nominated Advisory Council should be succeeded by way of a in part elected Legislative Council, and different alterations towards better self-government, which had awaited the ratification of the Mandate, have gotten operative.

Event Management in Sport, Recreation and Tourism: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions

Now in a completely revised and up to date moment variation, occasion administration in recreation, game and Tourism offers a accomplished theoretical and useful framework for making plans and coping with occasions. concentrating on the position of the development supervisor and their assorted duties via each one section of the development making plans strategy, this can be nonetheless the single textbook to outline the concept that of information within the context of occasions administration, putting it on the centre perform.

Additional resources for The Gift in Antiquity

Example text

It was within this early Byzantine culture of worldly gift-giving that Paul’s distinction between gifts given as eulogiai and those given as pleonexia had special significance: a blessing was supposed to be a very different kind of gift, both in spirit and in practice. Evidence of concern for this ideal and for its preservation is reflected in episcopal letters that complain of its abuse (as when Severus of Antioch realized that gifts he had received as blessings had actually been sent to him as bribe, Severus Ant.

Like everyone else, they exchange ordinary goods for everyday uses. The term gift economy can thus be entirely misleading if we fail to understand that ordinary economic activity is ­subordinate to the central social fact, in which the life of the group is expressed and 18 Marcel Hénaff transfigured. The nature of kula exchange is not economic. Its essential function is to bond different groups through the network of the partners in the exchange. The purpose of celebrations is not for the partners to offer and gain consumer goods, but to give one another tokens and public evidence of their intention to live together.

The innovative features of this definition must be stressed. On the one hand, by redefining material wealth in such a way as to encompass one’s valueless leftovers as well as one’s valuable resources, and on the other, by utilizing an agrarian imagery that recognized the power of seeds to produce a disproportionately high yield seemingly by themselves (9:10, “whoever supplies seeds to the sower … will make the harvest of your righteousness increase”), Paul conjured a new model of charitable gift-giving that emphasized material abundance over self-sacrifice and scarcity.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.96 of 5 – based on 47 votes