Households in Context

Dwelling in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt

by Editors Caitlín Eilís BarrettJennifer Carrington

Households in Context shifts the focus from monumental temples, tombs, and elite material and visual culture to households and domestic life to provide a crucial new perspective on everyday dwelling practices and the interactions of families and individuals with larger social and cultural structures. A focus on households reveals the power of the everyday: the critical role of quotidian experiences, objects, and images in creating the worlds of the people who live with them.

The contributors to this book share contemporary research on houses and households in both Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt to reshape the ways we think about ancient people's lived experiences of family, community, and society. Households in Context places the archaeology and history of Greco-Roman Egypt in dialogue with research on dwelling, daily practice, and materiality to reveal how ancient households functioned as laboratories for social, political, economic, and religious change.

Contributors: Youssri Abdelwahed, Richard Alston, Anna Lucille Boozer, Paola Davoli, David Frankfurter, Jennifer Gates-Foster, Melanie Godsey, Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom, Sabine R. Huebner, Gregory Marouard, Miriam Müller, Lisa Nevett, Bérangère Redon, Bethany Simpson, Ross I. Thomas, Dorothy J. Thompson

Caitlín Eilís Barrett is Associate Professor of Classics at Cornell University. She is the author of Domesticating Empire and Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos.

Jennifer Carrington has a PhD from Cornell University and is an archaeologist with a focus in museum and educational outreach.

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    Cornell University Press
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    Ithaca, NY

Households in Context


  • Households in Context

    by Caitlín Eilís Barrett, Jennifer Carrington
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