Reciprocity in Ancient Greece

Reciprocity in Ancient Greece

Reciprocity in Ancient Greece

Reciprocity in Ancient Greece


In this collection of new essays, an international group of experts explores, in connection with Greek culture, an idea that has proven very fruitful in anthropology: that of reciprocity as a practice and idea. It provides the most comprehensive examination so far of reciprocity in Greek economic, social, and intellectual life, discussing its relevance to epic and drama, historical writing, oratory, religion, and ethical philosophy.


This volume of new essays is based on a conference on 'Reciprocity in Ancient Greece', held at the University of Exeter in July 1993. All the chapters are either based on papers given at the conference or were written specifically for the volume. The chapters cover a spectrum of literary, historical, and philosophical topics out of the very wide range of subjects in ancient Greek culture to which the idea of reciprocity is relevant; the arrangement of subjects in the volume is broadly chronological. We should like to thank the British Academy, the Classical Association of England and Wales, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies for financial assistance towards the conference. We are grateful to Hilary O'Shea for her support and guidance, and to an anonymous reader for the Press. Special thanks are due to Kerensa Pearson for her characteristically careful and systematic secretarial work in preparing the volume for publication.

All secondary works, identified by date, are listed in the Bibliography, with the exception of standard reference works. (References within the volume are normally given in this form, 'see van Wees, Ch. 1, Sect. IV'.) Unidentified abbreviations for ancient authors and works are normally those given in Liddell-ScottJones, Greek-English Lexicon, 9th edition (Oxford, 1940). We have gone further than is customary in transliterating Greek personal and place names rather than using the conventional Latinate forms, but we have retained 'y' for 'u', as in Aiskhylos, Odysseus.

C.G., N.P., R.S.

University of Exeter January 1997 . . .

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