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Sharing with the Gods: Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient Greece

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Sharing with the Gods : Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient Greece. / Jim, Theodora.

1st ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. 400 p. (Oxford Classical Monographs).

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Jim, T 2014, Sharing with the Gods: Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient Greece. Oxford Classical Monographs, 1st edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford. <http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198706823.do>

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Jim T. Sharing with the Gods: Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient Greece. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 400 p. (Oxford Classical Monographs).

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Jim, Theodora. / Sharing with the Gods : Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient Greece. 1st ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. 400 p. (Oxford Classical Monographs).

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