Domestic Space in Classical Antiquity

Domestic Space in Classical Antiquity

by Lisa C. Nevett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521783364

ISBN-13: 9780521783361

Pub. Date: 09/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Housing is shaped by culturally specific expectations about the kinds of architecture and furnishings 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

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Housing is shaped by culturally specific expectations about the kinds of architecture and furnishings 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 sources of information about broader social-historical issues has yet to be fully realised; and second, that greater weight und independence should be given to material culture as a source for studying ancient history. The book will be invaluable to upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521783361
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Series:
Key Themes in Ancient History Series
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures

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 áhurling 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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