"Books like Bond’s force us to reassess both how we think about the social valuation of professions in general and, by extension, our willingness to accept the professional commodification of different kinds of bodies. "
--The Daily Beast
“Bond asks excellent questions, writes engagingly, and has a good nose for the obscure but interesting source. Trade and Taboo is a valuable contribution to the field…”
--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Bond does an fine job of tracing changing elite approaches and their repercussions for their despised fellow citizens. In carrying her analysis through into Late Antiquity, she offers a significant advance in our understanding of attitudes and reality throughout antiquity."
--American Journal of Philology
"This is an engaging book, and Bond ensures that students will know where she is coming from, with nice succinct conclusions and arguments clearly set out."
--Journal of Roman Studies
"A welcome addition to the growing body of literature dealing with those professionals and tradesmen who performed important roles within Roman society but who, on the whole, received scorn rather than gratitude from those members of Rome’s elite who considered themselves above such petty or unpleasant tasks."
--American Historical Review
"An attractive study that makes interesting observations and provides instructive questions for further research."
--New Historical Literature
"With this book, Bond has produced an indispensible resource for those who wish to further investigate the social and economic dynamics of the later Christian and/or Rabbinic ruling class. The evidence and arguments contained within will open up various conversations regarding how the day-to-day operations of ancient Jewish and Christian communities impacted—and were impacted by—the laborers tasked with their urban maintenance."
--Alexander D. Perkins, Ancient Jew Review
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