Course Title: At Home with the Ancient Greeks
Course Code: 5XHG05A20
Start Date: 06/11/2020
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Length in weeks: 5
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
We now know quite a lot about the home lives of the Ancient Greeks, thanks to advances in our knowledge and understanding of material culture as well as written sources. More is known about the homes of the rich than the poor, as is so often the case in history, but we can still reconstruct some aspects of the domestic environment of most Greeks, including slaves. Much of our time will be spent considering ancient Athenian houses and homes, but there is evidence for other cities and rural areas too, and we shall look at some of this.
We shall use a great deal of visual material, and there will be opportunities for questions and discussion. Our word ‘economy’ derives from the ancient Greek words for ‘household management’, and we shall explore various aspects of this during our Zoom meetings, including the distinctive roles of Greek men and women, and how childhood was experienced.