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Benefactors and the Polis
The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity

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Marc Domingo Gygax, Arjan Zuiderhoek, Hans van Wees, Beate Wagner-Hasel, Robin Osborne, Sitta von Reden, Rolf Strootman, John Tully, Carlos Noreña, Arjan Zuiderhoek, Onno van Nijf, Daniel Caner, Christophe Goddard
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  • Date Published: March 2022
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108816199

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  • Historians generally study elite public gift-giving in ancient Greek cities as a phenomenon that gained prominence only in the Hellenistic and Roman imperial periods. The contributors to this volume challenge this perspective by offering analyses of various manifestations of elite public giving in the Greek cities from Homeric times until Late Antiquity, highlighting this as a structural feature of polis society from its origins in the early Archaic age to the world of the Christian Greek city in the early Byzantine period. They discuss existing interpretations, offer novel ideas and arguments, and stress continuities and changes over time. Bracketed by a substantial Introduction and Conclusion, the volume is accessible both to ancient historians and to scholars studying gift-giving in other times and places.

    • Provides a long-term perspective on the practice of public giving in the ancient Greek city
    • Introduces the current debates surrounding the practice both in general terms and for specific periods
    • Employs a range of theoretical perspectives and many different kinds of ancient evidence
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    • Date Published: March 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108816199
    • length: 377 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.506kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Benefactors and the polis: a long-term perspective Marc Domingo Gygax and Arjan Zuiderhoek
    Part I. Benefiting the Community in Early Greece:
    1. Heroic benefactors? The limits of generosity in Homer Hans van Wees
    2. The garden of Pisistratus: benefits and dues in archaic Athens Beate Wagner-Hasel
    Part II. Classical Benefactors:
    3. Classical Athens and the invention of civic euergetism Marc Domingo Gygax
    4. The scale of benefaction Robin Osborne
    Part III. Hellenistic Benefactors:
    5. The politics of endowments Sitta von Reden
    6. 'To be magnanimous and grateful': the entanglement of cities and empires in the Hellenistic Aegean Rolf Strootman
    7. Socially embedded benefaction on Delos John Tully
    Part IV. Benefactors and the Polis under Rome:
    8. Emperors, benefaction and honorific practice in the Roman imperial Greek polis Carlos Noreña
    9. Benefactors and the poleis in the Roman Empire: civic munificence in the Roman East in the context of the longue durée Arjan Zuiderhoek
    10. Festivals and benefactors Onno van Nijf
    Part V. The Decline and Fall of Euergetism?:
    11. Bishops and the politics of lithomania in early Byzantium Daniel Caner
    12. Euergetism, Christianity and municipal culture in Late Antiquity, from Aquileia to Gerasa (fourth–sixth centuries CE) Christophe Goddard
    Conclusion Marc Domingo Gygax and Arjan Zuiderhoek

  • Editors

    Marc Domingo Gygax, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Marc Domingo Gygax is Professor of Classics at Princeton University. He is the author of Untersuchungen zu den lykischen Gemeinwesen in klassischer und hellenistischer Zeit (2001) and Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (Cambridge, 2016), which was joint winner of the 2017 Runciman Book Award.

    Arjan Zuiderhoek, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
    Arjan Zuiderhoek is an Associate Professor of Ancient History at Universiteit Gent. He is the author of The Politics of Munificence in the Roman Empire: Citizens, Elites and Benefactors in Asia Minor (Cambridge, 2009) and The Ancient City (Cambridge, 2017) and co-editor of Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World (2015; with Paul Erdkamp and Koenraad Verboven), Imperial Identities in the Roman World (2016; with Wouter Vanacker) and Capital, Investment, and Innovation in the Roman World (2020; with Paul Erdkamp and Koenraad Verboven).


    Marc Domingo Gygax, Arjan Zuiderhoek, Hans van Wees, Beate Wagner-Hasel, Robin Osborne, Sitta von Reden, Rolf Strootman, John Tully, Carlos Noreña, Arjan Zuiderhoek, Onno van Nijf, Daniel Caner, Christophe Goddard

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