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Sharing with the Gods: Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient Greece

Theodora Suk Fong Jim


This book provides a comprehensive account of the offering all over the Greek world of so-called ‘first-fruits’ (aparchai) and ‘tithes’ (dekatai) from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period (c. 700 to 31 B.C.). Existing studies of Greek religion tend to focus on ritual performance, but this book investigates questions of religious belief and mentality: why the Greeks presented these gifts to the gods, and what their behaviour tells us about their religious world-view, presuppositions, and perception of the gods. An array of ancient sources is exploited to examine the diverse nature of aparchai ... More

Keywords: ancient Greece, gifts, first-fruits, tithes, belief, religious mentality, reciprocity, gift-giving, religious life, thanksgiving

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198706823
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706823.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodora Suk Fong Jim, author
University of Lancaster