Gift-giving in antiquity, as today, took many forms. People gave gifts to each other; to their cities; to the gods; and to the dead. They did so for a bewildering array of reasons. This conference seeks to consider the wide range of gift-giving activities in antiquity as a single phenomenon whose appreciation can be greatly enhanced by both cross-cultural comparisons and theoretical applications. The focus of the conference is on the Mediterranean region from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.
The conference will take place on May 2-4, 2010 at Brown University. Registration is required. For more information, please go to the website at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Judaic_Studies/news/Gift_Antiquity_2010.html
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