By Lisa C. Nevett
Housing is formed by way of culturally-specific expectancies in regards to the forms of structure and ornament which are applicable; approximately how and the place diverse actions will be conducted; and by means of and with whom. it's these expectancies, and the broader social and cultural platforms of which they're a half, which are explored during this quantity. even as, the ebook as a complete argues higher issues: first, that whereas homes, families and households have in recent times develop into more and more vital as gadgets of inquiry in Greek and Roman contexts, their power as items of inquiry has but to be absolutely realised; moment, that higher weight and independence can be given to fabric tradition as a resource for learning historic historical past.
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Extra info for Domestic Space in Classical Antiquity (Key Themes in Ancient History)
A variety of Greek and Roman writers comment that the main living apartments of a house faced south to benefit from the warming effects of the low, angled rays of the winter sunshine which warmed the interior, and this corresponds to what is found archaeologically. These authors also indicate that there was a great deal of flexibility in how space was used, and this must partly also be explained by climatic factors: while a large room with a central hearth would have been warm and cheerful on cold winter days, in the heat of summer an exterior location would have made a cooler and better-ventilated, more comfortable working environment for domestic chores.
At Smyrna the only finds listed as associated with the floor level are an amphora and a krater (vessels used for storing and mixing liquids such as water and wine), and their locations within the structure are not noted in the publication (Akurgal , ). Graphs showing the numbers of houses of different types and dates in the sample of individuals using it. The smallest buildings, such as the Smyrna house, would have been quite cramped, and for this reason it is likely that interior space would perhaps have been used flexibly, with different activities taking place in the same area at different times.
By Imperial times, the largest houses bear little structural resemblance to the houses of the Greek Early Iron Age. The contrasts between these domestic environments result not only from advances in technology but also from social, economic and political changes. It is these underlying developments, and some of the For the houses included in this volume I have generally followed the published dates assigned by the excavators, who have the best overview of their material. Where sites are being compared I have tried to minimise inconsistencies caused by differences in the availability of precise pottery chronologies and in methods of assigning dates, by trying to standardise dates to rough periods – as will be evident from some of the graphs in Chapters and .