Ancient sources tell us a great deal about the cultural patterns and values that prevailed in the Mediterranean of the biblical periods:
The Ancient Mediterranean Social World makes the rich social context of the ancient Mediterranean available to readers through succinct introduction of key ideas, thoughtful selection of translated primary sources, and extensive cataloging of relevant primary sources.
Zeba Crook brings together leading scholars to write on twenty different topics, from patronage to gender to loyalty to evil eye. Each chapter opens with an introduction to the topic, offers a short list of secondary sources, and an extensive list of primary sources. The passages in each chapter reflect the vast array of sources roughly from Homer to Augustine, including epigraphical, papyrological, literary, historical, philosophical, biblical, and dramatic texts.
This authoritative volume serves as a ready reference for the novice and experienced scholar alike.
Alicia Batten, Giovanni Bazzana, Agnes Choi, Zeba Crook, John Daniels, Dennis Duling, John H. Elliott, Amy Marie Fisher, Jason Lamoreaux, Dietmar Neufeld, Jerry Neyrey, Douglas Oakman, Ron Roberts, Richard Rohrbaugh, Gary Stansell, Colleen Shantz, Eric Stewart, Erin Vearncombe, Ritva Williams
Table of Contents:
Part I Institutions 1. Economy 2. Kinship 3. Patronage Part II Social Interaction 4. Honor 5. Shame 6. Collectivism 7. Gossip 8. Space 9. Gender Part III Social Interaction with God and the Gods 10. Ritual, Domestic 11. Ritual, Public 12. Purity 13. Alternate States of Consciousness 14. Healing Part IV Social Commodities 15. Loyalty 16. Friendship and Gifts 17. Limited Good and Envy Part V Social Subterfuge and Control 18. Deviance 19. Mockery and Secrecy 20. Evil Eye