The Classical Greek House

BookThe Classical Greek House

The Classical Greek House

Greece and Rome Live


August 26th, 2010



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This book offers an illuminating re-appraisal of the domestic space in classical Greece. Starting from the premise that we must cease to view the classical Greek house through the lens of contemporary Western notions of the household, Janett Morgan provides a fresh evaluation of what ‘home’ meant to different communities in the ancient Greek world. By employing textual analysis alongside archaeological scholarship her book seeks to explain some of the contradictions that previous, more simplistic approaches have left unanswered. Of value to students and academics alike, Morgan’s work gives an exciting new perspective on relations between men and women, between public and private, and between home and city in the ancient world.

This book will make a major contribution to the study of the Greek [house]. The author . . . goes a long way in calling for a new methodological approach to sifting through the source materials for house and household structure in Greece.
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

... provides an excellent synthetic overview of house and household activity, and the context of the house in the larger city. Along with the archaeological data she discusses the nature of the Greek house based on insights from classical texts that mention definitions or provide data on houses and household activity. This provides an excellent contextual approach. ... a great introduction for undergraduate courses studying the classical periods – especially since the large urban cities and temples are a major emphasis.

Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 56

Janett Morgan’s book fills a gap by bringing it to a wider readership.

The Anglo-Hellenic Review, No 46, Autumn

Author Information

Janett Morgan is Lecturer in Greek Archaeology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely in classical studies, in the UK as well as in France and Belgium. Of note are her contributions to 'Archaeology and Ancient History: Breaking the Boundaries' (2004) and 'The Blackwell Companion to Greek Religion' (2007).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. House and City, Public and Private: The Urban Landscape
2. House as Home: Viewing the Classical Greek House
3. The Family at Home
4. Working from Home: House and Economy
5. Gender Ideology and the Cassical House
6. Religion and the Classical House
Glossary of Terms
Further Reading