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The Cambridge Companion to Archaic Greece (Cambridge by H. A. Shapiro

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By H. A. Shapiro

The Cambridge spouse to Archaic Greece presents a wide-ranging synthesis of heritage, society, and tradition throughout the formative interval of historic Greece, from the Age of Homer within the overdue 8th century to the Persian Wars of 490-480 BC. In ten sincerely written and succinct chapters, major students from round the English-speaking global deal with all elements of the civilization of Archaic Greece, from social, political, and armed forces historical past to early achievements in poetry, philosophy, and the visible arts. Archaic Greece was once an age of experimentation and highbrow ferment that laid the principles for far of Western inspiration and tradition. person Greek city-states rose to nice strength and wealth, and after a protracted interval of isolation, many towns despatched out colonies that unfold Hellenism to all corners of the Mediterranean global. This significant other bargains a vibrant and completely documented account of this severe degree within the background of the West.

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26; Harrison, 1968:59 and 113). In this way, through a daughter, the inheritance passed from grandfather to grandson, who should ideally also succeed him as his adopted son and so continue his line. This transfer represents a kind of closure for the epikleros herself, who, without father, brothers, or paternal grandfather, had no natural kyrios alive. That role, which had for a time been fulfilled by the man who claimed and married her (Dem. 18 In practice, what were the responsibilities of a husband to his wife as his dependent?

Hence, the household he describes centers on his wife and her therapaina and the couple’s newborn child. Euphiletus is at pains to emphasize the autonomy and responsibilty he allowed his young wife once the child was born (6). Menander offers a somewhat fuller picture of life in the oikos. In The Rape of the Locks, for example, Myrrhine, the adoptive mother of the hero Moschion, allows her neighbor, Glycera, to take refuge in her house from the man with whom she is living. Her son, who fancies he is in love with Glycera, plots with his slave, Davus, to take advantage of her.

Thompson, 1981). Here possession and use approached full ownership of private property, since the individual had unrestricted power of disposal. To be kyrios then implies not only trusteeship, possession, and use but can in some cases amount to virtual ownership, leaving the institution fraught with ambiguity. WOMEN AND THE KINSHIP STRUCTURE The issue to which I shall turn next is the place of women in the kinship structure. For the rights and obligations of kin are pertinent to the question of domestic power.

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