A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Beryl Rawson

By Beryl Rawson

A spouse to households within the Greek and Roman Worlds attracts from either demonstrated and present scholarship to supply a extensive evaluate of the sector, interact in modern debates, and pose stimulating questions about destiny improvement within the examine of households. presents up to date examine on relatives constitution from archaeology, artwork, social, cultural, and fiscal background comprises contributions from verified and emerging overseas students beneficial properties illustrations of households, young ones, slaves, and formality existence, in addition to maps and diagrams of websites and dwellingsHonorable point out for 2011 unmarried quantity Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted via the organization of yank Publishers

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On definitions of familia and domus, see Saller (1984a) 336–55); for definitions of oikos, see MacDowell (1989) 10–21. For a detailed study of how far it is possible to reconcile textual and archeological material for housing in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, see Maehler (1983) 119–37. Written evidence for housing in Roman Egypt is discussed by Genevieve Husson, see especially Husson (1983). The documents from the Tiberianus archive are brought together in Strassi (2008). While a final publication of the archeology from Kellis is not yet available, some of the Greek and Coptic texts from houses 2 and 3 have already appeared in the Dakhleh Oasis Project monograph series (Oxford).

Nevett, this volume). Iconographic sources include mostly images on Attic vases of the sixth to the fourth century BCE, which are not, however, faithful representations of “daily life” and domestic space in Greek households. Instead, they display a highly complex, constructed and symbolic imagery (Nevett (1999); Jacquet-Rimassa (2002); Bundrick (2008)). Textual sources of the Classical period were predominantly written by Athenian upper-class males such as Aristophanes, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Lysias and Xenophon, and are therefore biased and limited in significance.

Scholars have long been aware of the potential of the papyri to provide insights into family life (for example, Bell (1952)), but in the publications the approach to the architecture and the many artifacts recovered from the site was purely descriptive (as was the case with the archeological remains of housing throughout the classical world until recently). Lately, initiatives by papyrologists working with the Karanis material have raised the possibility of reuniting papyrological and archeological evidence in order to explore domestic social life from both perspectives together.

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