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Ancient Supplication

F. S. Naiden


This is the first book-length treatment of supplication, an important social practice in ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Despite the importance of supplication, it has received little attention, and no previous study has explored so many aspects of the practice. This book investigates the varied gestures made by the suppliants, the types of requests they make, the arguments used in defense of their requests, and the role of the supplicandus, who evaluates and decides whether to fulfill the requests. Varied and abundant sources invite comparison between the societies of Greece, especially ... More

Keywords: suppliant, supplicandus, Athens, Roman Republic, Principate, epic, tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183412
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. S. Naiden, author
Tulane University
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