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Title: Textile Work in Shared Domestic Spaces in the Roman House: The Evidence from Latin Poetry ; Textile Work in Shared Domestic Spaces in the Roman House: The Evidence from Latin Poetry

Creator:

Öhrman, Magdalena ; Öhrman, Magdalena

Date issued/created:

2018

Resource Type:

Article

Subtitle:

Fasciculi Archaeologiae Historicae. Fasc. 31 (2018)

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of Polish Academy of Sciences ; Polish Academy of Sciences. Łódź Branch

Place of publishing:

Łódź

Description:

29 cm

Abstract:

This paper examines the engagement with the materiality of textiles and textile crafts in Roman poetry. Through close readings of Ausonius’ Epigrams and Silius Italicus’ epic on the Punic war, informed by archaeological evidence and reconstructions of ancient weaving, the paper demonstrates that male Roman authors display significant knowledge of the practicalities of contemporary textile work and its range of sensory experiences. The paper explains the basis for this knowledge by drawing on archaeological evidence for shared use of domestic space, but in contrast to previous studies on shared space utilisation and crafts, emphasis is placed on the childhood experiences both of male and female children in elite households. The paper proposes that training undertaken by girls of such families impacts considerably on male members of the household and underpins the technical knowledge displayed in literary descriptions of textile work

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Relation:

Fasciculi Archaeologiae Historicae

Volume:

31

Start page:

93

End page:

101

Format:

application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:67585 ; DOI 10.23858/FAH31.2018.007

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P III 348 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P III 349 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P III 368 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Language of abstract:

pol

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Creative Commons Attribution BY-SA 3.0 PL license

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Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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Operational Program Digital Poland, 2014-2020, Measure 2.3: Digital accessibility and usefulness of public sector information; funds from the European Regional Development Fund and national co-financing from the state budget. ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund

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