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By Fred Naiden

this can be the 1st book-length remedy of supplication, a massive social perform in old Mediterranean civilizations. regardless of the significance of supplication, it has obtained little consciousness, and no prior research has explored such a lot of points of the perform. Naiden investigates the various gestures made by way of the supplicants, the kinds of requests they make, the arguments utilized in security in their requests, and the function of the supplicandus, who evaluates and makes a decision no matter if to satisfy the requests. different and considerable assets invite comparability among the societies of Greece and Rome and likewise between literary genres. also, Naiden formulates an research of the ritual in its felony and political contexts. In developing this wealthy and thorough examine, Naiden thought of over 800 acts of supplication from Greek, Hebrew, and Roman literature, paintings, and clinical resources. 30 illustrations and a map of the appropriate destinations accompany the text.

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