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    Housing in the ancient Mediterranean world: material and textual approaches

    Baird, Jennifer and Pudsey, April, eds. (2022) Housing in the ancient Mediterranean world: material and textual approaches. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108845267. (In Press)

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    Book synopsis: One of the greatest benefits of studying the ancient Greek and Roman past is the ability to utilise different forms of evidence, in particular both written and archaeological sources. The contributors to this volume employ this evidence to examine ancient housing, and what might be learned of identities, families, and societies, but they also use it as a methodological locus from which to interrogate the complex relationship between different types of sources. Chapters range from the recreation of the house as it was conceived in Homeric poetry, to the decipherment of a painted Greek lekythos to build up a picture of household activities, to the conjuring of the sensorial experience of a house in Pompeii. Together, they present a rich tapestry which demonstrates what can be gained for our understanding of ancient housing from examining the interplay between the words of ancient texts and the walls of archaeological evidence. Employs textual and archaeological sources in tandem to explore ancient houses and households Draws on a broad range of archaeological sites and types of textual evidence Adopts a range of methodological approaches and critiques these in a historiographical context


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Architecture, Space and Society, Centre for
    Depositing User: Jennifer Baird
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 13:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:13


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