CLAS/HIST240 Ancient Societies: The Family

Department of Classics, Monmouth College


Some Family Issues/Topics

Chronology / Timeline of Roman History / Greek Pantheon / The Major Gods

List of Important Places / Sample Map Quiz / List of Reserve Books / The Bible Browser / Some Readings on the Modern Family in the Popular Press / Notes on Coulanges' Ancient City / Notes on Vasilika / Student Definitions of "Family" (1994)

Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World

Homeric Epics
Odyssey, VIII.265 (Song of Demodokus: Affair of Aphrodite and Ares)
Iliad, XIV.154-360 (Hera's Seduction of Zeus)
Uxorilocality in Homer

The Marriage of Agariste (Herodotus VI.126-131) / The Story of Dermaratus (Herodotus VI.60-69) / Isaeus. On the Estate of Menecles / Athenian Family Life: Some Legal Evidence / Pericles' Funeral Oration (Thucydides, II.34-46) / Plato, Symposium /  

Sappho 16 / Sappho's Prayer to Aphrodite / Images: Sappho reading / Sappho and Alcaeus / Sappho Page / The Divine Sappho / Sappho 

Archaic Greek Grave Markers / Greek Family: Religious Duties and Cults

Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi

Public Lives of Greek Women: Study Questions

Roman Marriage Laws

Other Classics websites you may find useful

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