The Ancient Mediterranean Social World: A Sourcebook
The Ancient Mediterranean Social World: A Sourcebook

The Ancient Mediterranean Social World: A Sourcebook

by eds. Crook, Zeba A.

Pages 336
Publisher Eerdmans
Published 5/7/2020
ISBN-13 9780802873569
Ancient sources tell us a great deal about the cultural patterns and values that prevailed in the Mediterranean of the biblical periods:
  • how they constructed identity
  • how they exercised control over groups, space, gender, and dress
  • how they thought of friendship
  • how they participated in social and economic exchange
  • how ritual functioned and how kinship was constructed
  • what healing practices, evil eye, and altered states of consciousness tell us about their sciences
  • how they talked about each other behind their backs, and why
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


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