Ancient Greek Houses and Households: Chronological, Regional, and Social Diversity

Ancient Greek Houses and Households: Chronological, Regional, and Social Diversity

Language: English

Pages: 200

ISBN: 0812238753

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Seeking to expand both the geographical range and the diversity of sites considered in the study of ancient Greek housing, Ancient Greek Houses and Households takes readers beyond well-established studies of the ideal classical house and now-famous structures of Athens and Olynthos.

Bradley A. Ault and Lisa C. Nevett have brought together an international team of scholars who draw upon recent approaches to the study of households developed in the fields of classical archaeology, ancient history, and anthropology. The essays cover a broad range of chronological, geographical, and social contexts and address such topics as the structure and variety of households in ancient Greece, facets of domestic industry, regional diversity in domestic organization, and status distinctions as manifested within households.

Ancient Greek Houses and Households views both Greek houses and the archeological debris found within them as a means of investigating the basic unit of Greek society: the household. Through this approach, the essays successfully point the way toward a real integration between material and textual data, between archeology and history.

Contributors include William Aylward (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Nicholas Cahill (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Manuel Fiedler (Freie Universität, Berlin), Franziska Lang (Humboldt Universität, Berlin), Monike Trümper (Universität Heidelberg), and Barbara Tsakirgis (Vanderbilt University, Nashville).


















Alexandreia Troas, but, in advance of further archaeological reports for these sites, historical sources continue to provide the primary basis for interpretation. This account of Greek housing in the Troad comprises two parts. The Wrst is a presentation of the evidence for domestic architecture in the Troad, arranged chronologically, and with an unavoidable focus on Ilion. Following this, discussion turns to the social context for houses in the Troad, with a view to understanding connections

and Anatolia 63 area, although it could have been in another part of the house. This absence might suggest that the cullet was manufactured elsewhere and only worked into Wnished articles here. On the other hand, among the Wnds from the room were three fragments of coral, which are also mentioned in the Akkadian glass-making texts as one of the raw ingredients of glass (Oppenheim et al. 1970). Other raw ingredients, such as plant ash and sand or pebbles, would not have been recognizable in the

leave behind relatively clear and complete assemblages of material reXecting household activities, far more difWcult is the interpretation of “normal” abandonment scenarios, when inhabitants quit their homes in an organized and systematically conducted fashion, leaving behind only things of no further value (i.e., garbage).5 An instance where a city was abandoned under “normal” circumstances can be found at Leukas. Here, several private houses have been excavated in the past few years (Dousougli

was Wlled with human chattel whether or not we are able to locate it with certainty in space. Notable from Delos are grafWti from the small, claustrophobic room C in the Maison du Lac (Fig. 9.1a) one of which reads, “Behold the land of Antioch with its abundant Wgs and water. Oh savior Maeander, you come to our aid and give us water” (my translation; cf. Severyns 1927). Generally interpreted as having been scrawled by a Carian slave, and quite a literate one at that, the room may have served as

Schwandner’s E –x 7). And whereas Cahill does not agree with the reconstruction or interpretation of Hoepfner and Schwandner (pers. com., November 2000), he has identiWed what he believes to be an external stairway in House A iv 9 (Cahill 2002, 109), which could be taken as leading to a separate dwelling on the second Xoor. I am not certain but that this is not merely a variant arrangement of the recessed prothyron construction of the doorway. 6. Cf. Driessen’s study of “crisis architecture” or

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