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I. General points

The concept is derived from Greek  euergétēs (benefactor) and was coined as a scholarly term by A. Boulanger following the example of the comparable modern Greek euergetes [13. 22]. It refers to a central phenomenon in the ethics of reciprocity specific to Graeco-Roman civilization that is part of the ethnological and socio-anthropological concept of gift exchange. In the spirit of strict  reciprocity every act that was related to a person or group of persons, positive as well …

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Gehrke, Hans-Joachim (Freiburg), “Euergetism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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