By Beryl Rawson

ISBN-10: 1405187670

ISBN-13: 9781405187671

A spouse to households within the Greek and Roman Worlds attracts from either tested and present scholarship to supply a vast review of the sector, have interaction in modern debates, and pose stimulating questions on destiny improvement within the examine of households. offers up to date examine on kin constitution from archaeology, paintings, social, cultural, and fiscal heritage comprises contributions from confirmed and emerging foreign students positive factors illustrations of households, teenagers, slaves, and formality lifestyles, in addition to 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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In this volume, Noy touches on this aspect of family life within the city of Rome. The increasing interest in “family” matters in cultures outside the central areas of Italy and Greece is reflected in work such as that of Mary T. Boatwright (in Michele George ed. (2005) ), for Pannonia, and a current project at Macquarie University in Sydney is focusing on ethnic identities in Illyricum (Danijel Dzino). Saba’s chapter in this volume, although not specifically on ethnicity, deals with national or city identity and potential conflict when attempts are made to impose new identities through administrative and legal processes.

Both of these see family identity closely linked to urban affiliation. 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.

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. Given these problems there is a limit to where the archeology of house B17 can take us in the search for information about Socrates and his family. Van Minnen, however, has not been the only scholar to argue for a more interdisciplinary approach to understanding the domestic sphere at Karanis.

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