Domestic Space in Classical Antiquity

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Overview

Housing is shaped by culturally-specific expectations about the kinds of architecture and decoration that are appropriate; about how and where different activities should be carried out; and by and with whom. It is those expectations, and the wider social and cultural systems of which they are a part, that are explored in this volume. At the same time, the book as a whole argues two larger points: first, that while houses, households and families have in recent years become increasingly important as objects of inquiry in Greek and Roman contexts, their potential as objects of inquiry has yet to be fully realised; second, that greater weight and independence should be given to material culture as a source for studying ancient history.
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"This is a welcome interpretation of the chiefly material (archaeological) evidence for households from eighth century BCE Greece through fourth century CE Roman times. The author provides an insightful view of the ordinary activities of daily life in the classical world through its material evidence and clearly shows how much detail is learned from this cultural, sociological, and historical approach." --Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521783361
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2010
  • Series: Key Themes in Ancient History Series
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa C. Nevett is Associate Professor of Greek Archaeology at the University of Michigan. She has contributed articles and chapters to a wide variety of journals and edited volumes, and her own books include House and Society in the Ancient Greek World (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Ancient Greek Houses and Households (edited with Bradley A. Ault, 2005).
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Table of Contents

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List of plates

Preface and acknowledgements

Introduction 1

1 Domestic space and social organisation 3

2 House-form and social complexity: the transformation of Early Iron Age Greece 22

3 A space for √°hurling the furniture'? Architecture and the development of Greek domestic symposia 43

4 Housing and cultural identity: Delos, between Greece and Rome 63

5 Seeking the domus behind the dominus in Roman Pompeii: artefact distributions as evidence for the various social groups 89

6 Housing as symbol: elite self-presentation in North Africa under Roman rule 119

Epilogue: Domestic Space and Social Organisation in Classical Antiquity 142

Glossary 150

Period names and dates referred to in this book 152

Bibliographic essay 153

Bibliography 160

Index 171

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