Kinship in Ancient Athens

The work is arranged into two volumes, both utilizing the same anthropological approach to ancient sources.

Kinship in Ancient Athens

Author: S. C. Humphreys

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191092401

Page: 1504

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The concept of kinship is at the heart of understanding not only the structure and development of a society, but also the day-to-day interactions of its citizens. Kinship in Ancient Athens aims to illuminate both of these issues by providing a comprehensive account of the structures and perceptions of kinship in Athenian society, covering the archaic and classical periods from Drakon and Solon up to Menander. Drawing on decades of research into a wide range of epigraphic, literary, and archaeological sources, and on S. C. Humphreys' expertise in the intersections between ancient history and anthropology, it not only puts a wealth of data at readers' fingertips, but subjects it to rigorous analysis. By utilizing an anthropological approach to reconstruct patterns of behaviour it is able to offer us an ethnographic 'thick description' of ancient Athenians' interaction with their kin that offers insights into a range of social contexts, from family life, rituals, and economic interactions, to legal matters, politics, warfare, and more. The work is arranged into two volumes, both utilizing the same anthropological approach to ancient sources. Volume I explores interactions and conflicts shaped by legal and economic constraints (adoption, guardianship, marriage, inheritance, property), as well as more optional relationships in the field of ritual (naming, rites de passage, funerals and commemoration, dedications, cultic associations) and political relationships, both formal (Assembly, Council) and informal (hetaireiai). Among several important and novel topics discussed are the sociological analysis of names and nicknames, the features of kin structure that advantaged or disadvantaged women in legal disputes, and the economic relations of dependence and independence between fathers and sons. Volume II deals with corporate groups recruited by patrifiliation and explores the role of kinship in these subdivisions of the citizen body: tribes and trittyes (both pre-Kleisthenic and Kleisthenic), phratries, genê, and demes. The section on the demes stresses variety rather than common features, and provides comprehensive information on location and prosopography in a tribally organized catalogue.

Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece

In this detailed study, Lee E. Patterson elevates the current state of research on kinship myth to a consideration of the role it plays in the construction of political and cultural identity.

Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece

Author: Lee E. Patterson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292739591

Page: 271

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In ancient Greece, interstate relations, such as in the formation of alliances, calls for assistance, exchanges of citizenship, and territorial conquest, were often grounded in mythical kinship. In these cases, the common ancestor was most often a legendary figure from whom both communities claimed descent. In this detailed study, Lee E. Patterson elevates the current state of research on kinship myth to a consideration of the role it plays in the construction of political and cultural identity. He draws examples both from the literary and epigraphical records and shows the fundamental difference between the two. He also expands his study into the question of Greek credulity—how much of these founding myths did they actually believe, and how much was just a useful fiction for diplomatic relations? Of central importance is the authority the Greeks gave to myth, whether to elaborate narratives or to a simple acknowledgment of an ancestor. Most Greeks could readily accept ties of interstate kinship even when local origin narratives could not be reconciled smoothly or when myths used to explain the link between communities were only "discovered" upon the actual occasion of diplomacy, because such claims had been given authority in the collective memory of the Greeks.

Kinship and Politics in Athens 600 400 B C

In ancient Athens kinship and politics were inseparable. This book studies that relationship through the methods of anthropology.

Kinship and Politics in Athens  600 400 B C

Author: Robert J. Littman

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

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Page: 274

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In ancient Athens kinship and politics were inseparable. This book studies that relationship through the methods of anthropology. The political, social and religious systems of sixth and fifth century B.C. Athens are shown as functions of a patrilineal kinship system. In the earlier period the patrilineal kinship descent groups were the political system. As the city developed, the descent groups no longer defined the state, but their vitality persisted as politicians recruited their party members and allies from their own and allied kinship groups.

Anthropology and the Greeks

The first section of the book deals with the history of the relationship of classical studies and anthropology.

Anthropology and the Greeks

Author: S.C. Humphreys

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136549773

Page: 376

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The first section of the book deals with the history of the relationship of classical studies and anthropology. In the second section the more material aspects of ancient Greek life are considered and the author relates the economic history of the period to new approaches in archaeology and economic anthropology. The place of kinship in the social structure of the Greek city-state; the social factors involved in the genesis of Greek philosophy; and the structural and institutional components of 'freedom' in classical Athens are all examined. First published in 1978.

Lending and Borrowing in Ancient Athens

In archaic and classical Athens , kinship connexions have conventionally been
seen as extending beyond the nuclear family ( oikia ) to include other descent
groups , notably the genos . Usually ( and probably misleadingly ) translated as ...

Lending and Borrowing in Ancient Athens

Author: Paul Millett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521893916

Page: 384

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This is a book about the social and economic history of ancient Greece and has as its core a detailed study of credit relations in Athens during the fourth century BC. It looks at ancient economy and society in their own terms and demonstrates that the very different system of credit in Athens had its own complexity and sophistication.

Kinship in Thucydides

This volume explores the relationship between Thucydides and ancient Greek historiography, sociology, and culture.

Kinship in Thucydides

Author: Maria Fragoulaki

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199697779

Page: 443

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This volume explores the relationship between Thucydides and ancient Greek historiography, sociology, and culture. Offering a new interpretation of the Peloponnesian War and its historian, it focuses on the role of emotions and ethics in the context of political history and ethnic conflicts. Drawing on modern anthropological enquiries on kinship and the sociology of ethnicity and emotions, and on scholarly work on kinship diplomacy and Greek ethnicity, it arguesthat inter-communal kinship has a far more pervasive importance in Thucydides than has so far been acknowledged. Through new readings of the History, such topics as Thucydides' narrative technique, hischallenging silences, his interaction with other genres, and his intense engagement with Herodotus are dissected and discussed - offering a new appreciation of his unique contribution to historiography.

Unity Pulpit Boston

Then , when you come to a city like ancient Athens , still the notion of kinship is
maintained , among the governing class at least . Even Plato , high a point as he
had reached , held and taught explicitly that , while a man was under obligation
to ...

Unity Pulpit  Boston

Author: Minot Judson Savage

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Conceptions of Kinship

Genetic model was invented in the 20th century to accommodate knowledge
about the mechanics of biological kinship ... Because of this series of similarities
between family and kinship norms in ancient Judaism and classical Athens , it
may ...

Conceptions of Kinship

Author: Bernard Farber

Publisher: New York : Elsevier North Holland

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Page: 250

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Messiah Pulpit

We see how that principle works still in the world , from the beginning clear up to
the highest reaches which we have as yet attained . Take the next step , and find
a city like ancient Athens . Still , perhaps , the fiction of kinship is maintained .

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Contains text of sermons delivered by M.J. Savage and others in New York City.

The Family Women and Death

search for a perspective I Studying the family : between quantification and
psychology When I decided to study kinship in ancient Athens , I did so partly
because of an interest in the family as a problematic component of modern
society .

The Family  Women  and Death

Author: Sally Humphreys

Publisher: London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul

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Page: 224

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Study of public and private life in classical Athens.

JASO

What was the relationship between the oikos , the ' household ' , and the polis , '
the state ' , in classical Athens , both in ... indeed , was the role of family and of
kinship in ancient Athens , and how best can such a question be approached ?

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A History of Marriage Systems

sequently it will be useful here to look briefly at modes of reckoning kinship as
they relate to patterns of inheritance and incest rules , as discussed by Bernard
Farber in Conceptions of Kinship ( 1981 ) . Ancient Israel , ancient Athens , and
the ...

A History of Marriage Systems

Author: Gladys Robina Quale

Publisher: New York : Greenwood Press

ISBN:

Page: 399

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Readers seeking a historical and cross-cultural treatment of marriage and the family will not be disappointed by this book. A readable and comprehensive account of marriage, rich in colorful social history, Quale's work excels in the comparison of lines of development among the foremost cultures of the world. Particularly impressive in this regard is her treatment of the Eastern civilizations and how these differed from what demographic historians have come to call the `West European pattern' of marriage....Although written as a history, this book should be of interest to students of the family in the social sciences. While it is not a path-breaking work in the sense of providing significant novel conceptual or theoretical insights, it skillfully incorporates theoretical and empirical contributions from a multitude of disciplines. It devotes considerable attention to contemporary trends and consistently relates the institution of the family to the overall socioeconomic, political, and demographic contingencies within society....Quale has written an important book that contains a wealth of useful informaton and deserves serious consideration for use in graduate and undergraduate instruction. Journal of Marriage and the Family This is the first general worldwide history of marriage systems. Though it is comprehensive, it also uses contemporary American trends to illustrate broader tendencies in significant and sometimes dramatic ways. After going back to the earliest generations of human life to seek the roots of why and how human beings came to marry, it explores the various points in family life at which marriages are made, dissolved, and remade. It treats marriage systems as a basis for understanding how not only families, but whole societies operate. The functioning of a marriage system is perceived to be fully related to the overall economic and political situation within which families and individuals must make their way. The overall situation is looked at in a historical context, reflecting a condition of constant change. Quale traces the gradual modifications in patterns through the rise of agriculture and herding into commercial-urban societies and on to contemporary industrial-commercial life, comparing lines of development in the major regions of the world.

Ancient Society

ASSOCIATIONS AND PATRONAGE IN ANCIENT ATHENS * Interpersonal
relations in ancient Athenian society were constructed either on the basis of
kinship ( real or fictitious ) or on the basis of friendships . The history of archaic
Athens ...

Ancient Society

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Kinship Diplomacy in the Ancient World

In this study of the political uses of perceived kinship from the Homeric age to Byzantium, Jones provides an unparalleled view of mythic belief in action and addresses fundamental questions about communal and national identity.

Kinship Diplomacy in the Ancient World

Author: George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics and of History Emeritus Christopher P Jones

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674505278

Page: 193

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In this study of the political uses of perceived kinship from the Homeric age to Byzantium, Jones provides an unparalleled view of mythic belief in action and addresses fundamental questions about communal and national identity.

Ancient Indian Political Thought and Institutions

Kinship in ancient Greece was a strong bond that knit the Greeks into a powerful
socio - political fabric upon which the City States were built ... While in ancient
Athens , at least in its earliest stages , the head of the gens was also its chief
priest .

Ancient Indian Political Thought and Institutions

Author: Bhasker Anand Saletore

Publisher: New York, Asia Publishing House

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Page: 695

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The Birth of the Athenian Community

Undermining the current dominant approach, which seeks to explain ancient Athens in modern terms, dividing all Athenians into citizens and non-citizens, this book rationalizes the development of Athens, and other Greek poleis, as a ...

The Birth of the Athenian Community

Author: Sviatoslav Dmitriev

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351621440

Page: 392

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The Birth of the Athenian Community elucidates the social and political development of Athens in the sixth century, when, as a result of reforms by Solon and Cleisthenes (at the beginning and end of the sixth century, respectively), Athens turned into the most advanced and famous city, or polis, of the entire ancient Greek civilization. Undermining the current dominant approach, which seeks to explain ancient Athens in modern terms, dividing all Athenians into citizens and non-citizens, this book rationalizes the development of Athens, and other Greek poleis, as a gradually rising complexity, rather than a linear progression. The multidimensional social fabric of Athens was comprised of three major groups: the kinship community of the astoi, whose privileged status was due to their origins; the legal community of the politai, who enjoyed legal and social equality in the polis; and the political community of the demotai, or adult males with political rights. These communities only partially overlapped. Their evolving relationship determined the course of Athenian history, including Cleisthenes’ establishment of demokratia, which was originally, and for a long time, a kinship democracy, since it only belonged to qualified male astoi.