The Family in the Greco-Roman World

The Family in the Greco-Roman World

Hardback Family in Antiquity

Edited by Agneta Stromberg, Edited by Ray Laurence

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 22mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441139273
  • ISBN 13: 9781441139276
  • Illustrations note: 15 bw illustrations

Product description

This title offers a new approaches to the study of the family in antiquity. The family has been recognised in the ancient world as the key social institution on which both society and the state are based. However, in the pre-Classical and Classical world the family was constructed in dissimilar ways and provides the means to explaining why the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, although sharing many cultural features, in fact differed greatly. This volume draws on the most recent work of leading scholars in the field with the aim of establishing a new understanding of the ancient family for the 21st century. In so doing, this book includes new approaches to social institutions, depictions of women and children, the Seleucid dynasty as a negative model of family, the inclusion of Etruscan societies, and a fundamental re-assessment of the family in antiquity.

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Author information

Agneta Stromberg is a senior lecturer in ancient history at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Ray Laurence is Professor of Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many titles including Pompeii The Living City (with Alex Butterworth) which was awarded the Longman-History Today New Generation Prize 2006.

Table of contents

1. The Ancient Family in the 21st Century - Stromberg and Laurence; 2. Beyond Domus and Oikos: Kinship Studies and the Ancient Family - Harders; 3. Taking a Wider View: Greco-Roman Families and Political Demography - Hin; 4. The Classical Oikos as a Site for Intersectionality - Sjoberg; 5. Depictions of Women and Children in pre-Classical Corinth - Avramidou; 6. The Concept of Kyreia in Classical Athens - Hartmann; 7. Family Dynamics and the Seleucid Dynasty - Coloru; 8. Not the Oikos: Priesthoods and Succession in Classical Athens - Bubelis; 9. Woman as the Pillar of the Family in Greek Funerary Epigrams - Kotlinska-Toma; 10. Family Relationships in Iron Age and Early Roman Veneto - Perego; 11. Etruscan Families: The Dead and the Living; 12. Family Advisory Councils in the Roman Republic - Johnston; 13. Female Workers in Aristocratic Columbaria - Penner; 14. Pompeian Painting and Domestic Emotions - Kampen; 15. Children in Antiquity in the 21st Century - Golden.