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Mediterranean Families in Antiquity: Households, Extended Families, and Domestic Space




Mediterranean Families in Antiquity: Households, Extended Families, and Domestic Space

Sabine R. Huebner (Editor), Geoffrey Nathan (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-14372-7 August 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 360 Pages



This comprehensive study of families in the Mediterranean world spans the Bronze Age through Late Antiquity, and looks at families and households in various ancient societies inhabiting the regions around the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to break down artificial boundaries between academic disciplines.

List of Contributors vii

Foreword and Acknowledgments xi

Part I Introduction 1

1 A Mediterranean Family? A Comparative Approach to the Ancient World 3
Sabine R. Huebner

Part II The Greek and Hellenistic World 27

2 Identifying Family Structures in Early Iron Age Crete 29
Leslie Preston Day

3 The Idea of Descent in Early Greek Kinship 44
Emily Varto

4 The Role of the Extended Family in Exacting Blood Revenge in Classical Athens 65
Fiona McHardy

5 Domestic Architecture in Ephesus from the Hellenistic Period to Late Antiquity 79
Helmut Schwaiger

Part III The Roman World 93

6 Traces of the Unfamiliar: Epigraphic Evidence for Extended Families on the Margins in Roman Italy 95
Peter Keegan

7 Extended Families and Family Substitutes among Migrants in the Roman World 121
David Noy

8 Household Archaeology in Mediterranean Spain: Family Forms from Iberia to Hispania 137
Xurxo M. Ayán Vila

9 Egypt as Part of the Mediterranean? Domestic Space and Household Structures in Roman Egypt 154
Sabine R. Huebner

10 Towards an Archaeology of Household Relationships in Roman Egypt 174
Anna Lucille Boozer

11 Age Hierarchy and Social Networks among Urban Women in the Roman East 204
Mona Tokarek LaFosse

12 Family Forms and Conflicts in Roman North Africa 221
Kai Haase and Roland Steinacher

Part IV Late Antiquity 241

13 Extended Family in the Experiences of Ausonius and Libanius 243
Geoffrey Nathan

14 Household and Family Dynamics in Late Antique Southern Gaul 258
Christian Laes and Ville Vuolanto

Part V Outlook in Later Period of the Mediterranean 283

15 Missing Women in the Italian Middle Ages? Data and Interpretation 285
Irene Barbiera, Maria Castiglioni, and Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

16 Family Forms in Later Periods of the Mediterranean 310
Matteo Manfredini

Part VI Conclusion 325

17 Reassessing the Premodern Mediterranean Family 327
Geoffrey Nathan

Index 338