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Greeks Bearing Gifts

Greeks Bearing Gifts
The Public Use of Private Relationships in the Greek World, 435–323 BC

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  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893305

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  • Using models from social anthropology as its basis, this book takes a new look at the political role of personal relationships in classical Greece. It examines what friendship and exchange meant in classical Greece, how this differed from gift giving and exchange in non-Greek societies, and what the impact of friends and friendship was on domestic and interstate politics and how the differences in understanding affected Greek relations with their non-Greek neighbors.

    • Maintains that personal friendship played an important part in political activity, against the orthodox view that it did not
    • Important treatment of a crucial period of Greek history
    • Highly regarded author
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    "Along with classical scholars, the book will be especially valuable for biblicists interested in the Persian Period and early Hellinism. It clarifies the Hellenistic moorings of what it meant to be a `friend of Caesal' or to call Abraham `the friend of God'." Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521893305
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Philia
    2. Philia and the polis
    3. Philia and political activity
    4. Magisterial appointments: Sparta
    5. Magisterial appointments: Athens
    6. Persia and the Greeks
    7. Athenians and Thracians
    8. Philip and the Greeks
    9. Alexander
    10. Friendship and ideology
    Appendix I. Magistrates with connections
    Appendix II. Notes on magistrates for the years 435–323 BC.

  • Author

    Lynette G. Mitchell

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