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"Daniel Ullucci's work will certainly recast how scholars and others understand the end of animal sacrifice, but in the process may also offer a new picture of early Christianity itself, and even of how religion in the modern sense emerges from the rubble of late antiquity. Ullucci dethrones glib assumptions about ancient sacrifice as altruistic, and presents its more basic reality as a practice of reciprocity. His ancient Christian 'cultural producers' thus appear more clearly, not only as those whose discourses ended animal offerings, but as creators of Christian and post-Christian understandings of sacrifice, ritual, and religion."
-- Andrew McGowan, Warden and President of Trinity College, The University of Melbourne
"In this unique combination of theoretical argument and lucid writing, Daniel Ullucci shows that a wide range of ancient texts commonly assumed to reject animal sacrifice were no more than discursive positions on its meaning, and not those of religious groups either, but of individual 'culture-producers.' Ullucci has written a superb introduction to the meanings of animal sacrifice in the Greco-Roman world."
---David Frankfurter, author of Religion in Roman Egypt: Assimilation and Resistance