By Professor Lisa C. Nevett
This 1999 ebook re-examines conventional assumptions in regards to the nature of social relationships in Greek families in the course of the Classical and Hellenistic classes. via particular exploration of archaeological facts from person homes, Lisa Nevett identifies a recognisable notion of the citizen family as a social unit, and means that this was once found in quite a few Greek towns. She argues that during such families kin among women and men, regularly perceived as dominating the household surroundings, may be positioned in the wider context of household job. even though gender was once a massive cultural issue which helped to form the enterprise of the home, this was once balanced opposed to different affects, particularly the connection among loved ones contributors and outsiders. whilst the position of the loved ones in terms of the broader social constructions of the polis, or urban nation, replaced quickly via time, with the home itself coming to symbolize a massive image of non-public status.
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In sum these different areas of research all indicate that there is a dose connection between spatial organisation and social relations and that some features of the domestic environment which can be expected to survive in archaeological contexts should help us to begin to study social behaviour. Although until recently there has been little attempt to use the excavated remains of Classical Greek houses to look at such questions, such studies show how it is possible to begin to bridge the gap between archaeological remains and the households which once occupied them.
One example is the two-volume study by Coppa, which covers an impressively broad geographical are a and pays a comparatively generous amount of attention to domestic buildings (Coppa I98I). The most notable work of this type is the recent comprehensive study ofthe organisation ofurban space in the Classical Greek world by Hoepfner and Schwandner (Hoepfner and Schwandner I994 - an expanded second edition ofthe book first published in I986), in which the interpretation ofthe archaeological material is strongly inftuenced by the ideological perspective taken.
Ln contrast with inventories from other historical contexts which have been used to document in detail the spatial organisation ofhouseholds (for example Brown 1988, 81-82) we cannot assume that the various components are listed in any kind of From pots to people significant order, and it is therefore impossible to draw conclusions about the spatial organisation ofthe properties in question (compare Brunet I990a, 673, with specific reference to the Delian inventories). Nevertheless, they do offer a unique insight into the fumishing ofthe household and the value ofhousehold contents.