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By Ray Laurence, Agneta Stromberg

The kinfolk has been acknowledged within the old global because the key social establishment on which either society and the kingdom are dependent. although, within the pre-Classical and Classical global the family members was once developed in assorted methods and gives the ability to explaining why the civilizations of the traditional Mediterranean, even if sharing many cultural positive factors, in truth differed significantly. This quantity attracts at the latest paintings of prime students within the box with the purpose of building a brand new figuring out of the traditional kin for the twenty first century. In so doing, the publication comprises new techniques to social associations, depictions of ladies and kids, the Seleucid dynasty as a destructive version of relatives, the inclusion of Etruscan societies, and a primary re-examination of the relatives in antiquity.


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335–343. 42 On the interdependence of cultural domains in general, see Carsten, 2000, p. 13; Yanagisako, 2007, pp. 40–3. 43 See Martin, 2009b, pp. 334–345. 44 Cic. Off. 53–54; cf. Arist. Pol. 1252a. On Aristotle’s assessment of the place of the oikos within the polis, see Martin, 2009b, pp. 332–334. During the Hellenistic age, the household underwent a shift of importance which can be linked to the political change and the growing importance of centralized monarchies. The oikoi of the elites became a ‘tool for self-promotion and political rivalry’ (Nevett, 1999, p.

Schneider, 1980 and Schneider, 1984. On Schneider, see also Carsten, 2000, pp. 6–7; Franklin and McKinnon, 2001, pp. 2–3; Yanagisako, 2007, pp. 33–37; Varto, 2010, p. 87. 6 Overing, 2001, p. 8100 on Schneider. 7 Cf. Franklin and McKinnon, 2001, p. 2. 8 Cf. Schneider, 1984, pp. 165–177, esp. 174. 9 Cf. the contributions in Franklin and McKinnon, 2001 and Carsten, 2000; see also Peletz, 1995. 10 Parkin, 1997, p. 3. According to Parkin, societies who are structured mainly or even solely by kinship are of specific interest to anthropologists; on this specific ‘narrative of kinship’, see below.

We might also focus our interest on the opposite, like residential units that are composed of persons that are not genealogically linked – like orphans, temple communities or convents, and army barracks – and which also do not come to mind when we speak of household groups. By putting traditional views on family, kinship and household aside and conceiving them as a diverse and complex culture of relatedness instead of a fact given by nature or residence, we have to go beyond the oikos and the domus in order to return to them and have a fresh perspective.

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