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Space and social complexity in Greece from the early Iron Age to the Classical period

Westgate, Ruth ORCID: 2015. Space and social complexity in Greece from the early Iron Age to the Classical period. Hesperia 84 (1) , pp. 47-95. 10.2972/hesperia.84.1.0047

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This article explores ways in which the increasing segmentation and specialization of domestic space in central and western Greece in the 8th–4th centuries B. C. relate to social complexity. Segmentation served to differentiate between members of a household, introducing different patterns in the use of space, both between men and women and between free and slave. The need for physical boundaries and architecturally specialized rooms intensified as the size and heterogeneity of communities increased, and stronger cues in the built environment were needed to ensure that behavioral conventions were observed. Other factors contributing to the increase in rooms include social stratification and economic specialization.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Uncontrolled Keywords: Greek archaeology, Greek houses, Archaic domestic space, Classical domestic space, segmentation, specialization, built environment, women, slaves, social stratification, social differentiation, workshops, andron, gynaikon, gynaikonitis, pastas, prostas, oikos, bathroom, kitchen, Nichoria, Emporio, Old Smyrna, Zagora, Vroulia, Oropos, Athens, Piraeus, Thorikos, Corinth, Aigina, Eretria, Olynthos, Thasos, Priene
Additional Information: Copyright © The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, originally published in Hesperia 84 (2015), pp. 47–95. This offprint is supplied for personal, non-commercial use only, and reflects the definitive electronic version of the article, found at .
Publisher: American School of Classical Studies at Athens
ISSN: 0018-098X
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 May 2023 08:02

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