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By Beryl Rawson

A better half to households within the Greek and Roman Worlds attracts from either confirmed and present scholarship to supply a huge evaluate of the sphere, interact in modern debates, and pose stimulating questions about destiny improvement within the learn of households. offers updated study on relations constitution from archaeology, paintings, social, cultural, and fiscal background comprises contributions from tested 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 yankee Publishers

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It is therefore impossible to place in an architectural context the castanets and other items listed as being found here, in order to explore what the organization of activities might reveal about the identities of the different members of household. Equally importantly, a lack of stratigraphic information for this building means that it is difficult to tell when most of the items were deposited. Van Minnen’s interpretation assumes a rather static picture of the architecture and its occupants. But while it might be tempting to identify Socrates’ inkwell among the objects recovered from “his” house, we need to recognize that the material from that house represents a palimpsest, a partial record of a sequence of activities carried out by a number of individuals over many years or perhaps even over several generations.

Some documents also reveal the presence of people more loosely affiliated with the household but resident there, such as lodgers or slaves (the latter were usually single, but on occasion whole slave families are recorded). Although Bagnall and Frier’s work shows that in modern classificatory terms the households recorded fall into a variety of different types, they also point out that the picture is more complex. In seven instances members of the same household are listed in documents resulting from two, or even three, successive censuses compiled at 14-year intervals, giving an insight into how that household changed through time and revealing a “life-cycle” in which one configuration was transformed into another by births, marriages and deaths or divorces.

Our present volume offers insights into where Greek and Roman family research is at the moment. It reflects something of the vitality of this area of study and the widespread interest in it. Many of the world’s leading scholars in the field are represented here, bringing a variety of perspectives and backgrounds to illuminate this central aspect of societies in the Greek and Roman worlds and making connections with such interests in other societies. indd 14 10/13/2010 10:05:25 AM CHAPTER 1 Family and Household, Ancient History and Archeology: A Case Study from Roman Egypt Lisa Nevett 1 Introduction The domestic sphere in Greek and Roman antiquity has arguably been the focus for some of the most exciting and innovative recent research in the fields of both ancient history and classical archeology.

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