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

By Beryl Rawson

A better half to households within the Greek and Roman Worlds attracts from either validated and present scholarship to supply a large evaluate of the sphere, interact in modern debates, and pose stimulating questions about destiny improvement within the research of households. offers up to date study on kinfolk constitution from archaeology, paintings, social, cultural, and monetary heritage contains contributions from verified and emerging foreign students good points illustrations of households, youngsters, slaves, and formality lifestyles, besides maps and diagrams of web sites and dwellingsHonorable point out for 2011 unmarried quantity Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted by means of the organization of yank Publishers

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Except for Humphreys (1983), who used comparative studies for her study of family tombs, there was little interest in family or household until the 1990s. By early in this century archeology and iconography for the Greek world had gathered together such impressive artifactual material that two large, handsome volumes could be produced with a focus on children and childhood: Neils and Oakley (2003) and Cohen and Rutter (2007). ” This reflects greater interaction between museums and historians, which benefits both disciplines.

Death, family sentiment, and family identity are recurring themes in this volume, and section V sets these in contexts of ritual and of formation of values. Teresa Morgan’s chapter on education as a socializing agent in Greek and Roman worlds has already been noted. Fanny Dolansky takes a specific Roman festival, the Saturnalia, to discuss its influence in socializing all members of a household to the values of the household and to their own place in the domestic hierarchy. The other chapters draw on rich visual evidence.

As with our other examples, we are therefore no closer to understanding the nature of the social group once occupying this structure. In addition to the inscribed materials, numerous small items were present in house 3 when it was excavated, especially in the front courtyard, where finds are described as “prolific” (Hope (1991) 42). These include not only pottery and other containers such as baskets and boxes, but also furniture, clothing, toiletries, jewelry and small, bronze coins. The quantity and diversity of artifacts left in house 3, set alongside the number of inscribed materials and range of individuals mentioned in them, raises questions about the function of the building and the process by which it was abandoned.

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