By Beryl Rawson

A spouse to households within the Greek and Roman Worlds attracts from either confirmed 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 learn of households. presents updated examine on relatives constitution from archaeology, paintings, social, cultural, and financial historical past contains contributions from confirmed and emerging foreign students positive factors illustrations of households, childrens, 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 via the organization of yankee Publishers

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The other chapters draw on rich visual evidence. Janett Morgan, trying to find new ways to understand “family religion” in Greek societies, takes up the theme with which the volume begins: the need to assess textual and artifactual evidence separately, and to recognize regional differences. The city assumes its central importance: “family religion” is an integral part of urban life, not some private domestic phenomenon. Ada Cohen details the difficulties of interpreting visual images, especially in Greek material, which seldom has inscriptions attached.

In this section I would like to offer a brief example of the kind of work I have in mind by exploring one specific issue, namely, the degree of stability and change in domestic groups (families or households) at Karanis. By choosing to work at a village level I hope to eliminate the difficulties discussed above, while retaining a unit of analysis small enough to present a relatively local picture. For Roman Egypt as a whole, Roger Bagnall and Bruce Frier have used census returns to look at household size and composition (Bagnall and Frier (1994) 57–66; see also Huebner, this volume).

As she says, family imagery is used in many cultures (by many kinds of family) to define social identity. But some politically powerful families had special reasons for the identities which they chose to project. After a period of turbulence and civil war, Augustus chose images of domesticity, of “ordinary people,” as the context for many representations of his own family (see, for instance, Milnor (2005) and Severy (2003) ). Other rulers, however, chose to advertise the differences of their family relationships, as Ogden and Scheidel show in their chapters in this volume, especially for Macedonian and Hellenistic dynasties.

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