A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds / Edition 1

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A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds draws from both established and current scholarship to offer a broad overview of the field, engage in contemporary debates, and pose stimulating questions about future development in the study of families.

  • Provides up-to-date research on family structure from archaeology, art, social, cultural, and economic history
  • Includes contributions from established and rising international scholars
  • Features illustrations of families, children, slaves, and ritual life, along with maps and diagrams of sites and dwellings
  • Honorable Mention for 2011 Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers
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“A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds is a stimulating and valuable resource for the future of classical scholarship.” (Reference Reviews, 2011)
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Meet the Author

Beryl Rawson is Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor in Classics at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She is the author of The Politics of Friendship: Pompey and Cicero (1978) and Children and Childhood in Roman Italy (2003), and the editor of The Family in Ancient Rome: New Perspectives (1986), Marriage, Divorce and Children in Ancient Rome (1991), and The Roman Family in Italy (with Paul Weaver, 1997).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Tables.

Notes on Contributors.


Introduction: Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Beryl Rawson, Australian National University).

Part I: Houses and Households:.

1. Family and Household, Ancient History and Archeology: A Case Study from Roman Egypt (Lisa Nevett, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).

2. Space and Social Relationships in the Greek Oikos of the Classical and Hellenistic Periods (Monika Trümper, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

3. Space and Social Relations in the Roman West (Jens-Arne Dickmann, Heidelberg University).

4. Household Composition in the Ancient Mediterranean – What Do We Really Know? (Sabine R. Huebner, Columbia University).

5. The Royal Families of Argead Macedon and the Hellenistic World (Daniel Ogden, University of Exeter and University of South Africa).

6. Monogamy and Polygyny (Walter Scheidel, Stanford University).

7. The Roman Family as Productive Unit (Richard Saller, Stanford University).

8. The Families of Roman Slaves and Freedmen (Henrik Mouritsen, King’s College London).

9. Foreign Families in Roman Italy (David Noy, University of Wales and Open University).

10. Soldiers’ Families in the Early Roman Empire (Penelope Allison, University of Leicester).

11. The Household as a Venue for Religious Conversion: The Case of Christianity (Kate Cooper, University of Manchester).

12. What We Do and Don’t Know About Early Christian Families (Carolyn Osiek, Texas Christian University, now retired).

Part II: Kinship, Marriage, Parents, and Children:.

13. Consubstantiality, Incest, and Kinship in Ancient Greece (Jérôme Wilgaux, Nantes University).

14. Marriage in Ancient Athens (Cheryl A. Cox, University of Memphis).

15. From Ceremonial to Sexualities: A Survey of Scholarship on Roman Marriage (Suzanne Dixon, University of Queensland).

16. Other People’s Children (Mark Golden, University of Winnipeg).

17. The Roman Life Course and the Family (Tim Parkin, University of Manchester).

18. Childbirth and Infancy in Greek and Roman Antiquity (Véronique Dasen, University of Fribourg).

19. Grieving for Lost Children, Pagan and Christian (Christian Laes, University of Antwerp and Free University of Brussels).

Part III: The Legal Side:.

20. Greek Law and the Family (Eva Cantarella, University of Milan).

21. Adoption and Heirship in Greece and Rome (Hugh Lindsay, University of Newcastle).

22. Roman “Horror” of Intestacy? (Jane F. Gardner, University of Reading).

23. Promoting pietas through Roman Law (Judith Evans Grubbs, Emory University).

Part IV: City and Country:.

24. Greek Cities and Families (Sara Saba, Kommission für alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, Munich).

25. A Walk with the Dead: A Funerary Cityscape of Ancient Rome (Christopher Johanson, University of California, Los Angeles).

26. The Family and the Roman Countryside (Stephen L. Dyson, University at Buffalo).

Part V: Ritual, Commemoration, Values:.

27. Families and Religion in Classical Greece (Janett E. Morgan, Royal Holloway, University of London).

28. Picturing Greek Families (Ada Cohen, Dartmouth College).

29. Celebrating the Saturnalia: Religious Ritual and Roman Domestic Life (Fanny Dolansky, Brock University).

30. Ethos: The Socialization of Children in Education and Beyond (Teresa Morgan, University of Oxford).

31. Picturing the Roman Family (Janet Huskinson, Open University).

32. Devotional Visuality in Family Funerary Monuments in the Roman World (Janet H. Tulloch, Carleton University).




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