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HF200 CLASSICAL WORLD

Prof. Leslie Mechem Ladd 211 x5464
lmechem@skidmore.edu Hours: MWF 10-11


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J 29

Prehistory of the Family

Reading: Prehistory of the Family, Handout

Question: What characteristics of the family unit have remained consistent throughout time and why?

F 5

Defining the Greek Family

Reading: Pomeroy, S. Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Introduction and Chapter One

Questions: What defines the Greek family? What roles do the oikos and polis play in defining the family dynamic in Ancient Greece? Who belongs in the family and what role does each household member play?

F 12

Family Identity

Read: Pomeroy, S. Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Chapter Two

What creates identity in the Greek family? What sorts of rituals, activities, and roles contribute to family identity?

Remember to find images of the family in Perseus.

F 19

Death and the Family

Read: Pomeroy, S. Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Chapter Three

What are the rituals associated with death and what are the roles of various members of the family when someone died?

F 26

Case Study: Sophocles' Antigone

Read: Sophocles, Antigone; Pomeroy, S. Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity (Schocken, 1995)

How does the behavior of Antigone, Ismene and Kreon coincide with your understanding of gender roles in the oikos?

 

M 5

Snow Day

M 19

Greek Families at Work

Read: Pomeroy, S. Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Chapters Four and Five

What kind of "jobs" did the members of a family participate in? How do Pomeroy's Case Studies enhance our understanding of the roles of members of the family and how those families functioned?

M 26

In Search of the Roman Family

Read: Dixon, S. The Roman Family, Chap. One

What are some of the issues which must be addressed in understanding the Roman Family? What was the ideal Roman family from the Roman perspective? What was the reality of the family?

A 2 No Class
A 9

Roman Families and the Law

Rachael and Oliver: Dixon, The Roman Family, Chap. 2, Gardner, Women in Roman Law and Society, Chap. 10

Roman Marriage

Sanna, Jill, Gill: Dixon, The Roman Family, Chap. 3, Treggiari, Roman Marriage, Chap.12

A 16

Roman Children

Lauren and Darya: Dixon, The Roman Family, Chap. 4, Gardner, Women in Roman Law and Society, Chap. 8

Family Stages

Lauren, Justin, and Tom: Dixon, The Roman Family, Chap. 5, Bradley, Discovering the Roman Family, Chap. 8