By Beryl Rawson
A better half to households within the Greek and Roman Worlds attracts from either confirmed and present scholarship to provide a large evaluate of the sphere, interact in modern debates, and pose stimulating questions on destiny improvement within the learn of households. offers up to date examine on relations constitution from archaeology, artwork, social, cultural, and fiscal background comprises contributions from confirmed and emerging foreign students positive aspects illustrations of households, youngsters, slaves, and formality existence, in addition to maps and diagrams of websites and dwellingsHonorable point out for 2011 unmarried quantity Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted through the organization of yankee Publishers
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Only a small minority contained sufficient legible text to be considered worthy of publication, but even so these total over a hundred texts. Based largely on the Greek material, Klaas Worp has been able to reconstruct a tentative family tree for Aurelius Pamour(is) son of Psais, who lived during the early fourth century. The tree comprises the names of his wife and brother-in-law as well as those of three children, five grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren (Worp (1995) 50–54). Worp hypothesizes that these documents form a family archive but also notes that “quite a few texts were addressed or refer to persons whose links with the family of Aurelius Pamour(is) are … not obvious” (Worp (1995) 52).
A further possibility may also help to explain the quantity and variety of finds and papyri in house 3: study in other cultural contexts has highlighted a variety of general processes which can lead to the deposition of items in particular locations on an archeological site (Schiffer (1996)). In particular, such study highlights the use of abandoned houses as refuse dumps. This discussion is relevant to understanding the distribution of artifacts in Roman Egypt, including papyri. If house 3 were used as a dump, this might explain both the quantity and diversity of material found there and the apparent disparity in finds between it and house 2.
How far is this a problem with the nature of the evidence from Karanis in particular, and how far is it a more general difficulty with trying to use texts and archeology together in this way? To explore whether data from a different site which lacks some of these shortcomings will give more productive results, I want to turn to some of the possibilities offered by material from the village of Kellis in the Dakhleh Oasis, some 200 miles west of the Nile valley, where recent work has also attempted to bring texts and archeology together to reconstruct households.
A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Beryl Rawson