Kinship in Ancient Athens

Kinship in Ancient Athens

The work is arranged into two volumes, both utilizing the same anthropological approach to ancient sources.

Author: S. C. Humphreys

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191092404

Category: History

Page: 1504

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The concept of kinship is at the heart of understanding not only the structure and development of a society, but also the day-to-day interactions of its citizens. Kinship in Ancient Athens aims to illuminate both of these issues by providing a comprehensive account of the structures and perceptions of kinship in Athenian society, covering the archaic and classical periods from Drakon and Solon up to Menander. Drawing on decades of research into a wide range of epigraphic, literary, and archaeological sources, and on S. C. Humphreys' expertise in the intersections between ancient history and anthropology, it not only puts a wealth of data at readers' fingertips, but subjects it to rigorous analysis. By utilizing an anthropological approach to reconstruct patterns of behaviour it is able to offer us an ethnographic 'thick description' of ancient Athenians' interaction with their kin that offers insights into a range of social contexts, from family life, rituals, and economic interactions, to legal matters, politics, warfare, and more. The work is arranged into two volumes, both utilizing the same anthropological approach to ancient sources. Volume I explores interactions and conflicts shaped by legal and economic constraints (adoption, guardianship, marriage, inheritance, property), as well as more optional relationships in the field of ritual (naming, rites de passage, funerals and commemoration, dedications, cultic associations) and political relationships, both formal (Assembly, Council) and informal (hetaireiai). Among several important and novel topics discussed are the sociological analysis of names and nicknames, the features of kin structure that advantaged or disadvantaged women in legal disputes, and the economic relations of dependence and independence between fathers and sons. Volume II deals with corporate groups recruited by patrifiliation and explores the role of kinship in these subdivisions of the citizen body: tribes and trittyes (both pre-Kleisthenic and Kleisthenic), phratries, genê, and demes. The section on the demes stresses variety rather than common features, and provides comprehensive information on location and prosopography in a tribally organized catalogue.
Categories: History

Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece

Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece

In this detailed study, Lee E. Patterson elevates the current state of research on kinship myth to a consideration of the role it plays in the construction of political and cultural identity.

Author: Lee E. Patterson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292739598

Category: History

Page: 271

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In ancient Greece, interstate relations, such as in the formation of alliances, calls for assistance, exchanges of citizenship, and territorial conquest, were often grounded in mythical kinship. In these cases, the common ancestor was most often a legendary figure from whom both communities claimed descent. In this detailed study, Lee E. Patterson elevates the current state of research on kinship myth to a consideration of the role it plays in the construction of political and cultural identity. He draws examples both from the literary and epigraphical records and shows the fundamental difference between the two. He also expands his study into the question of Greek credulity—how much of these founding myths did they actually believe, and how much was just a useful fiction for diplomatic relations? Of central importance is the authority the Greeks gave to myth, whether to elaborate narratives or to a simple acknowledgment of an ancestor. Most Greeks could readily accept ties of interstate kinship even when local origin narratives could not be reconciled smoothly or when myths used to explain the link between communities were only "discovered" upon the actual occasion of diplomacy, because such claims had been given authority in the collective memory of the Greeks.
Categories: History

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece

By the 9th century the ancient name of Neapolis was probably completely
forgotten . KONSTANTINOS P. ... Hellenistic periods . The oeuvre of Greek
dramatists amply demonstrates the crucial part played by kinship and family in
ancient times .

Author: Nigel Guy Wilson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415973341

Category: History

Page: 800

View: 959

Ancient Greek civilization, with its mythology, wars, philosophy and culture, has left an enduring legacy. This single volume, a spin-off from the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition, provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the people, places, periods, events and themes of Ancient Greece.
Categories: History

Kinship and Politics in Athens 600 400 B C

Kinship and Politics in Athens  600 400 B C

In ancient Athens kinship and politics were inseparable. This book studies that relationship through the methods of anthropology.

Author: Robert J. Littman

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105041129292

Category: History

Page: 274

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In ancient Athens kinship and politics were inseparable. This book studies that relationship through the methods of anthropology. The political, social and religious systems of sixth and fifth century B.C. Athens are shown as functions of a patrilineal kinship system. In the earlier period the patrilineal kinship descent groups were the political system. As the city developed, the descent groups no longer defined the state, but their vitality persisted as politicians recruited their party members and allies from their own and allied kinship groups.
Categories: History

Anthropology and the Greeks

Anthropology and the Greeks

The first section of the book deals with the history of the relationship of classical studies and anthropology.

Author: S.C. Humphreys

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136549779

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

View: 710

The first section of the book deals with the history of the relationship of classical studies and anthropology. In the second section the more material aspects of ancient Greek life are considered and the author relates the economic history of the period to new approaches in archaeology and economic anthropology. The place of kinship in the social structure of the Greek city-state; the social factors involved in the genesis of Greek philosophy; and the structural and institutional components of 'freedom' in classical Athens are all examined. First published in 1978.
Categories: Social Science

Kinship in Thucydides

Kinship in Thucydides

This volume explores the relationship between Thucydides and ancient Greek historiography, sociology, and culture.

Author: Maria Fragoulaki

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199697779

Category: History

Page: 443

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This volume explores the relationship between Thucydides and ancient Greek historiography, sociology, and culture. Offering a new interpretation of the Peloponnesian War and its historian, it focuses on the role of emotions and ethics in the context of political history and ethnic conflicts. Drawing on modern anthropological enquiries on kinship and the sociology of ethnicity and emotions, and on scholarly work on kinship diplomacy and Greek ethnicity, it arguesthat inter-communal kinship has a far more pervasive importance in Thucydides than has so far been acknowledged. Through new readings of the History, such topics as Thucydides' narrative technique, hischallenging silences, his interaction with other genres, and his intense engagement with Herodotus are dissected and discussed - offering a new appreciation of his unique contribution to historiography.
Categories: History

A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds

A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds

A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds draws from both established and current scholarship to offer a broad overview of the field, engage in contemporary debates, and pose stimulating questions about future development in the ...

Author: Beryl Rawson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444390759

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 664

View: 524

A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds draws from both established and current scholarship to offer a broad overview of the field, engage in contemporary debates, and pose stimulating questions about future development in the study of families. Provides up-to-date research on family structure from archaeology, art, social, cultural, and economic history Includes contributions from established and rising international scholars Features illustrations of families, children, slaves, and ritual life, along with maps and diagrams of sites and dwellings Honorable Mention for 2011 Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers
Categories: Literary Criticism

Mythology and Monuments of Ancient Athens

Mythology and Monuments of Ancient Athens

Whoever would be connected with Athenian legend must find some kinship with
the great Attic hero . The story of Alope was dramatised by three poets - Karkinos
, Choerilus , and Euripides . Of the play of Euripides we have a few fragments ...

Author: Pausanias

Publisher:

ISBN: UCLA:31158004689567

Category: Athens (Greece)

Page: 635

View: 972

Categories: Athens (Greece)

Unity Pulpit Boston

Unity Pulpit  Boston

Then , when you come to a city like ancient Athens , still the notion of kinship is
maintained , among the governing class at least . Even Plato , high a point as he
had reached , held and taught explicitly that , while a man was under obligation
to ...

Author: Minot Judson Savage

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015065358171

Category: Sermons, American

Page:

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Categories: Sermons, American

Conceptions of Kinship

Conceptions of Kinship

Genetic model was invented in the 20th century to accommodate knowledge
about the mechanics of biological kinship ... Because of this series of similarities
between family and kinship norms in ancient Judaism and classical Athens , it
may ...

Author: Bernard Farber

Publisher: New York : Elsevier North Holland

ISBN: UOM:39015008787908

Category: Kinship

Page: 250

View: 663

Categories: Kinship

Kinship Diplomacy in the Ancient World

Kinship Diplomacy in the Ancient World

In this study of the political uses of perceived kinship from the Homeric age to Byzantium, Jones provides an unparalleled view of mythic belief in action and addresses fundamental questions about communal and national identity.

Author: George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics and of History Emeritus Christopher P Jones

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674505271

Category: History

Page: 193

View: 423

In this study of the political uses of perceived kinship from the Homeric age to Byzantium, Jones provides an unparalleled view of mythic belief in action and addresses fundamental questions about communal and national identity.
Categories: History

The Birth of the Athenian Community

The Birth of the Athenian Community

Undermining the current dominant approach, which seeks to explain ancient Athens in modern terms, dividing all Athenians into citizens and non-citizens, this book rationalizes the development of Athens, and other Greek poleis, as a ...

Author: Sviatoslav Dmitriev

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351621441

Category: History

Page: 392

View: 396

The Birth of the Athenian Community elucidates the social and political development of Athens in the sixth century, when, as a result of reforms by Solon and Cleisthenes (at the beginning and end of the sixth century, respectively), Athens turned into the most advanced and famous city, or polis, of the entire ancient Greek civilization. Undermining the current dominant approach, which seeks to explain ancient Athens in modern terms, dividing all Athenians into citizens and non-citizens, this book rationalizes the development of Athens, and other Greek poleis, as a gradually rising complexity, rather than a linear progression. The multidimensional social fabric of Athens was comprised of three major groups: the kinship community of the astoi, whose privileged status was due to their origins; the legal community of the politai, who enjoyed legal and social equality in the polis; and the political community of the demotai, or adult males with political rights. These communities only partially overlapped. Their evolving relationship determined the course of Athenian history, including Cleisthenes’ establishment of demokratia, which was originally, and for a long time, a kinship democracy, since it only belonged to qualified male astoi.
Categories: History

The Family Women and Death

The Family  Women  and Death

search for a perspective I Studying the family : between quantification and
psychology When I decided to study kinship in ancient Athens , I did so partly
because of an interest in the family as a problematic component of modern
society .

Author: Sally Humphreys

Publisher: London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul

ISBN: UVA:X000629584

Category: Athens (Greece)

Page: 224

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Study of public and private life in classical Athens.
Categories: Athens (Greece)

A History of Marriage Systems

A History of Marriage Systems

sequently it will be useful here to look briefly at modes of reckoning kinship as
they relate to patterns of inheritance and incest rules , as discussed by Bernard
Farber in Conceptions of Kinship ( 1981 ) . Ancient Israel , ancient Athens , and
the ...

Author: Gladys Robina Quale

Publisher: New York : Greenwood Press

ISBN: UVA:X001363699

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 399

View: 696

Readers seeking a historical and cross-cultural treatment of marriage and the family will not be disappointed by this book. A readable and comprehensive account of marriage, rich in colorful social history, Quale's work excels in the comparison of lines of development among the foremost cultures of the world. Particularly impressive in this regard is her treatment of the Eastern civilizations and how these differed from what demographic historians have come to call the `West European pattern' of marriage....Although written as a history, this book should be of interest to students of the family in the social sciences. While it is not a path-breaking work in the sense of providing significant novel conceptual or theoretical insights, it skillfully incorporates theoretical and empirical contributions from a multitude of disciplines. It devotes considerable attention to contemporary trends and consistently relates the institution of the family to the overall socioeconomic, political, and demographic contingencies within society....Quale has written an important book that contains a wealth of useful informaton and deserves serious consideration for use in graduate and undergraduate instruction. Journal of Marriage and the Family This is the first general worldwide history of marriage systems. Though it is comprehensive, it also uses contemporary American trends to illustrate broader tendencies in significant and sometimes dramatic ways. After going back to the earliest generations of human life to seek the roots of why and how human beings came to marry, it explores the various points in family life at which marriages are made, dissolved, and remade. It treats marriage systems as a basis for understanding how not only families, but whole societies operate. The functioning of a marriage system is perceived to be fully related to the overall economic and political situation within which families and individuals must make their way. The overall situation is looked at in a historical context, reflecting a condition of constant change. Quale traces the gradual modifications in patterns through the rise of agriculture and herding into commercial-urban societies and on to contemporary industrial-commercial life, comparing lines of development in the major regions of the world.
Categories: Family & Relationships

JASO

JASO

What , indeed , was the role of family and of kinship in ancient Athens , and how
best can such a question be approached ? And of death , in one sense that most
private of states , how was it publically celebrated ? What were the connections ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105007256147

Category: Anthropology

Page:

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Categories: Anthropology

Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford

Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford

What , indeed , was the role of family and of kinship in ancient Athens , and how
best can such a question be approached ? And of death , in one sense that most
private of states , how was it publically celebrated ? What were the connections ...

Author: Anthropological Society of Oxford

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015075726581

Category: Anthropology

Page:

View: 395

Categories: Anthropology

Reciprocity in Ancient Greece

Reciprocity in Ancient Greece

Littman , R . J . ( 1979 ) , ' Kinship in Athens ' , Ancient Society 10 : 5 - 31 . Lloyd ,
G . E . R . ( 1966 ) , Polarity and Analogy ( Cambridge ) . - ( 1990 ) , Plato and
Archytas in the Seventh Letter ' , Phronesis 35 : 159 – 74 . Lloyd - Jones , H . (
1983 ) ...

Author: Christopher Gill

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 0198149972

Category: History

Page: 370

View: 228

Reciprocity has been seen as an important notion for anthropologists studying economic and social relations, and this volume examines it in connection with Greek culture from Homer to the Hellenistic period.
Categories: History

The Development of Marriage and Kinship

The Development of Marriage and Kinship

But if the family name goes by the female side , marriages between half - brothers
and half - sisters are permitted , as in ancient Athens and among the Hebrews of
Abraham's times . ” The answer to that objection is that the law of exogamy ...

Author: Charles Staniland Wake

Publisher: London, Redway

ISBN: UOM:39015002239831

Category: Consanguinity

Page: 484

View: 376

Categories: Consanguinity

The Family in Greek History

The Family in Greek History

This is an understanding that fits the Athenian concept of the city as the highest form of family.

Author: Cynthia B. Patterson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674041929

Category: History

Page: 304

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The family, Cynthia Patterson demonstrates, played a key role in the political changes that mark the history of ancient Greece. From the archaic society portrayed in Homer and Hesiod to the Hellenistic age, the private world of the family and household was integral with and essential to the civic realm. Early Greek society was rooted not in clans but in individual households, and a man's or woman's place in the larger community was determined by relationships within those households. The development of the city-state did not result in loss of the family's power and authority, Patterson argues; rather, the protection of household relationships was an important element of early public law. The interaction of civic and family concerns in classical Athens is neatly articulated by the examples of marriage and adultery laws. In law courts and in theater performances, violation of marital relationships was presented as a public danger, the adulterer as a sexual thief. This is an understanding that fits the Athenian concept of the city as the highest form of family. The suppression of the cities with the ascendancy of Alexander's empire led to a new resolution of the relationship between public and private authority: the concept of a community of households, which is clearly exemplified in Menander's plays. Undercutting common interpretations of Greek experience as evolving from clan to patriarchal state, Patterson's insightful analysis sheds new light on the role of men and women in Greek culture.
Categories: History

Ancient Society

Ancient Society

ASSOCIATIONS AND PATRONAGE IN ANCIENT ATHENS * Interpersonal
relations in ancient Athenian society were constructed either on the basis of
kinship ( real or fictitious ) or on the basis of friendships . The history of archaic
Athens ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015068905721

Category: History, Ancient

Page:

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Categories: History, Ancient