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The Sale of Sacrificial and Non-Sacrificial Meat

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A passage from the Life of Aesop has been used by several scholars to answer some important questions regarding the Greek ritual of sacrifice. Although the interpretation of ancient religious behaviours as reconstructed by these scholars is to some degree confirmed by external data, I argue that the aforementioned text contains little or no information relevant to the study of the subject matter. What is more, the manner in which its anonymous author mentions the ritual’s particulars in passing indicates that he did not intend to dwell upon any theological issues.

Affiliations: 1: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Filologiczny, Instytut Filologii Klasycznej KrakówPoland


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