n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds, Beryl Rawson (Ed.) : book review

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The title of this volume is well-chosen and inspires confidence. Beryl Rawson carefully disavows any claim to presenting an over-arching view of 'the family' and avoids the constrictions of defining the scope as 'Greece and Rome'. This is a very wide-ranging collection of studies reflecting advances in scholarship that are being made across a broad sweep of methodologies covering a similarly broad range of materials. So conceived, the volume is not framed by the restrictions of geography and periodisation. Thus after Rawson's tight introduction, the collection is arranged thematically and can begin with a study by Lisa Nevett of households in Kellis and Karanis in Roman Egypt through to the 4th century AD (pp. 15-31).

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