The Ancient Mediterranean Social World

November 28, 2020
The Ancient Mediterranean Social World

Foreword by Peter OakesWhat was the ancient world like?Ancient sources tell us a great deal about the cultural patternsand values that prevailed in the Mediterranean of the biblicalperiods:• how they constructed identity• how they exercised control over groups, space, gender, anddress• 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 ofconsciousness tell us about their sciences• how they talked about each other behind their backs, and whyThe Ancient Mediterranean Social World makes the richsocial context of the ancient Mediterranean available to readersthrough succinct introduction of key ideas, thoughtful selection oftranslated primary sources, and extensive cataloging of relevantprimary sources.Zeba Crook brings together leading scholars to write on twentydifferent topics, from patronage to gender to loyalty to evil eye.Each chapter opens with an introduction to the topic, offers ashort list of secondary sources, and an extensive list of primarysources. The passages in each chapter reflect the vast array ofsources roughly from Homer to Augustine, including epigraphical,papyrological, literary, historical, philosophical, biblical, anddramatic texts.This authoritative volume serves as a ready reference for thenovice and experienced scholar alike.