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After the Past: Essays in Ancient History in Honour of H W Pleket (Willem Jongman Marc Kleijwegt, (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2002) 9789004128163
After the Past: Essays in Ancient History in Honour of H W Pleket (Willem Jongman Marc Kleijwegt, (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2002) 9789004128163
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Title: After the Past: Essays in Ancient History in Honour of H W Pleket

Author: Jongman, Willem Marc Kleijwegt, (eds)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004128163

Volumes: 1; Pages: xxiv, 382

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What was funny about ancient jokes, and why? Why did the Roman state legislate to curb the behaviour of its obscenely rich and powerful elite, if it never really expected such laws to be obeyed? Why did it oppress the poor, and lavish public child support on them?These are important questions, but ancient Greeks and Romans could never have thought of them. They never questioned the right of the rich to be rich. They could not improve their understanding of Homeric gift-giving with the experience of ritualized friendship among the Trobriand islanders. Such questions and such answers can only come from those who live after the ancient past.This volume honours the well-known Dutch epigraphist and ancient historian H. W. Pleket. Ten substantial essays reflect his wide range, from early Greece to the Roman Empire, and his taste for comparative economic and social history.CONTENTSPreface H. W. Pleket, epigraphist and comparative historian Restraining the rich, protecting the poor. Symbolic aspects of Roman legislation Beneficial symbols. Alimenta and the infantilization of the Roman citizen Textile manufacturing for a religious market, Artemis and Diana as tycoons of industry Wrecks in the Mediterranean as evidence of economic activity in the Roman empire The decapolis: city territories, villages and bouleutai Ancient humour The Spartan army at Mantinea and its organisation in the fifth century B.C. Hermopolis in the crisis of the Roman empire Collegia and civic guards. Two chapters in the history of sociability Greed, generosity and gift-exchange in early Greece and the western Pacific
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