The work is arranged into two volumes, both utilizing the same anthropological approach to ancient sources.
Author: S. C. Humphreys
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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.
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
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.
In archaic and classical Athens , kinship connexions have conventionally been
seen as extending beyond the nuclear family ( oikia ) to include other descent
groups , notably the genos . Usually ( and probably misleadingly ) translated as ...
Author: Paul Millett
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This is a book about the social and economic history of ancient Greece and has as its core a detailed study of credit relations in Athens during the fourth century BC. It looks at ancient economy and society in their own terms and demonstrates that the very different system of credit in Athens had its own complexity and sophistication.
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
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.
The first section of the book deals with the history of the relationship of classical studies and anthropology.
Author: S.C. Humphreys
Category: Social Science
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.
Author: Rachel Hall SternbergPublish On: 2005-07-25
... ( 127–29 ) ; since the chorus consists of old Athenian men , they recognize
more readily their own similarity to lolaus . ... kinship as a basis for alliance , see
Jones 1999 ) and Athens debt to Heracles for having rescued Theseus from
Author: Rachel Hall Sternberg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Ancient Athenians resemble modern Americans in their moral discomfort with empire. Athenians had power and used it ruthlessly, but the infliction of suffering did not mesh well with their civic-self-image. Embracing the concepts of democracy and freedom, they proudly pitted themselves against tyranny and oppression, but in practice they were capable of being tyrannical. Pity and Power in Ancient Athens argues that the exercise of power in democratic Athens, especially during its brief fifth-century empire, raised troubling questions about the alleviation and infliction of suffering, and pity emerged as a topic in Atheninan culture at this time.
Author: George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics and of History Emeritus Christopher P JonesPublish On: 1999
3 THE CLASSICAL AGE OF GREECE he period between the Persian Wars and
the death of Alexander was ... Among Greek cities , Athens combined power and
the arts in an unprecedented flowering , which was to make it ever after the ...
Author: George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics and of History Emeritus Christopher P Jones
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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.
... and Don't Know About Early Christian Families PART II KINSHIP, MARRIAGE,
PARENT AND HILDREN 13 Consubstantiality, Incest, and Kinship in Ancient
Greece 14 Marriage in Ancient Athens 15 From Ceremonial to Sexualities: A
Author: Beryl Rawson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Literary Criticism
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
Paul Woodruff The origins of western civism began in ancient Greece prior to the
formation I of the polis , when citizenship qualifications were determined by basic
tribal or kinship relationships . “ It ( kinship ) was reinforced both by the tribal ...
Author: Thomas L. Dynneson
Publisher: Peter Lang
This book focuses on the development of civism as it contributed to ancient Greek culture, and helped shape the psychology of citizenship in the Western world. The strength of this work is its interdisciplinary examination of those trends and influences that combined to give new insights into the rise and the fall of democracy in the ancient polis of Athens. The author presents an extensive description of the intellectual forces that attracted «international» scholars and teachers to Athens, who in turn established important schools of higher learning as they labored to develop and advance the study of rhetoric and philosophy as competing alternative approaches for addressing the perceived weakness of the democratic system. This volume is an ideal supplement for instruction in courses in classical history, political science, philosophy, history of Western education, and advanced foundations of education.
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
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.
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 ...
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: Philip Brook ManvillePublish On: 2014-07-14
mate intrusion of the public polis into the private oikos was the classical law that
prescribed the conditions for marriage ... it was a phratry (a predemocratic kinship
corporation) that “unofficially” registered most Athenian children shortly after ...
Author: Philip Brook Manville
Publisher: Princeton University Press
In this unusual synthesis of political and socio-economic history, Philip Manville demonstrates that citizenship for the Athenians was not merely a legal construct but rather a complex concept that was both an institution and a mode of social behavior. He further shows that it was not static, as most scholarship has assumed, but rather has slowly evolved over time. The work is also an explanation of the origins and development of the polis. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
While not all family quarrels may have led to long - term bitter enmity , the extant Athenian inheritance cases indicate ... of Athenian litigation that made it difficult
for courts to discover the " truth ” of allegations about kinship and testamentary ...
Author: David Cohen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Using comparative anthropological and historical perspectives, this analysis of the legal regulation of violence in Athenian society challenges traditional accounts of the development of the legal process. It examines theories of social conflict and the rule of law as well as actual litigation.
This volume explores the relationship between Thucydides and ancient Greek historiography, sociology, and culture.
Author: Maria Fragoulaki
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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.
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
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
... known from the contemporary sources for classical Athens, do not, with a
single exception (to be noted in due course), ... for ancient Greek historians to
think of the genos as a well-defined and organized extended kinship group
Author: Nicholas F. Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Jones' book examines the associations of ancient Athens under the classical democracy (508/7-321 B.C.) in light of their relations to the central government. Associations of all types--village communities, cultic groups, brotherhoods, sacerdotal families, philosophical schools, and others--emerge as fundamentally similar instances of Aristotelian koinoniai. Each, it is argued, acquired its distinctive character in response to particular features of the contemporary democracy. The analysis results in the first integrated, holistic institutional reconstruction of Greece's first city.
Take the next step , and find a city like ancient Athens . Still , perhaps , the fiction
of kinship is maintained . citizens of Athens are regarded as members of the
same great tribe or family . But even in the time of Plato , whom we are
Contains text of Community Church sermons and addresses.
We see how that principle works still in the world , from the beginning clear up to
the highest reaches which we have as yet attained . Take the next step , and find
a city like ancient Athens . Still , perhaps , the fiction of kinship is maintained .
Category: Sermons, American
Contains text of sermons delivered by M.J. Savage and others in New York City.