By Beryl Rawson
A better half to households within the Greek and Roman Worlds attracts from either confirmed and present scholarship to supply a huge review of the sector, interact in modern debates, and pose stimulating questions on destiny improvement within the learn of households. presents updated examine on kin constitution from archaeology, artwork, social, cultural, and fiscal historical past comprises contributions from proven and emerging foreign students gains illustrations of households, young children, slaves, and formality lifestyles, besides 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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Some of the earlier anthropological discussion over definitions of family and household is reviewed in Yanagisako (1979) 161–205, see especially 162–66. On definitions of familia and domus, see Saller (1984a) 336–55); for definitions of oikos, see MacDowell (1989) 10–21. For a detailed study of how far it is possible to reconcile textual and archeological material for housing in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, see Maehler (1983) 119–37. Written evidence for housing in Roman Egypt is discussed by Genevieve Husson, see especially Husson (1983).
For Roman society especially, a significant prosopographical tradition developed from the early twentieth century (Friedrich Münzer (1920) ), putting family histories and alliances at the heart of political and social life for a long period into the first century BCE. From the 1930s Ronald Syme took such interests into the Roman imperial period, beginning with his masterly The Roman Revolution (1939), which extended previous studies of alliances and patronage into a powerful study of propaganda.
Although Bagnall and Frier’s work shows that in modern classificatory terms the households recorded fall into a variety of different types, they also point out that the picture is more complex. In seven instances members of the same household are listed in documents resulting from two, or even three, successive censuses compiled at 14-year intervals, giving an insight into how that household changed through time and revealing a “life-cycle” in which one configuration was transformed into another by births, marriages and deaths or divorces.