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By Beryl Rawson

A better half to households within the Greek and Roman Worlds attracts from either verified and present scholarship to supply a extensive evaluate of the sector, have interaction in modern debates, and pose stimulating questions about destiny improvement within the learn of households. presents up to date learn on family members constitution from archaeology, paintings, social, cultural, and fiscal historical past contains contributions from validated and emerging foreign students gains illustrations of households, teenagers, slaves, and formality existence, besides maps and diagrams of websites and dwellingsHonorable point out for 2011 unmarried quantity Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted by way of the organization of yank Publishers

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Karanis Excavations of the University of Michigan in Egypt, 1928–1935: topography and architecture, Kelsey Museum Studies Vol. 5. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, plate 87b. In 1994 Peter van Minnen proposed a “house-by-house or family-by-family” approach to Karanis and its material remains (van Minnen (1994)). Van Minnen used as an example a house (dubbed B17 by the excavators) which yielded a particularly rich group of Greek papyri, many of them relating to a man named Socrates. Based on this collection of private letters, tax receipts and other documents, together with related material found elsewhere at Karanis, van Minnen was able to discuss Socrates’ occupation (tax-collector), sketch his character (a man of learning but with a sense of humor), outline his family tree (including naming his parents, brother, wife, and children) and suggest the approximate year of his death (shortly after 171 CE).

1281, from Tebtunis, dated to the first century CE, records the sale by Psenobastis to Labesis of part of a courtyard on the east side of Psenobastis’ house, which abuts the house of Labesis. It therefore seems likely that this sale enabled Labesis to extend his house at the expense of his neighbor’s. 4 The main change we see is that houses increased and decreased in size as land was passed between neighboring properties. But what does all this say about the occupants of these properties? There are instances in which an individual appears to have resided in a property of which he or she is part-owner (for example, in PMich inv.

Based on this collection of private letters, tax receipts and other documents, together with related material found elsewhere at Karanis, van Minnen was able to discuss Socrates’ occupation (tax-collector), sketch his character (a man of learning but with a sense of humor), outline his family tree (including naming his parents, brother, wife, and children) and suggest the approximate year of his death (shortly after 171 CE). The texts thus provide a rich vein of information about Socrates and his family.

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