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Kinship in Ancient Athens: An Anthropological Analysis

S. C. Humphreys


The book covers Athenian kinship from Drakon and Solon to Menander (with some references to later developments). It uses a wide range of sources: epigraphic, literary/forensic, and archaeological. It provides an ethnographic ‘thick description’ of Athenians’ interaction with their kin in all contexts: legal relations (adoption, guardianship, marriage, inheritance, disputes in and out of court); economic interaction (property, economic independence/dependence of sons in relation to fathers); training in specialist skills (doctors, actors, artists), loans, guarantees, etc.; rituals (naming, rite ... More

Keywords: Athens, kinship, anthropology, history, prosopography, law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198788249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. C. Humphreys, author
Emeritus Professor of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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