So! There is a lot I still need to write about the last year, in particular the cancer-related deaths of two of my professors over the summer, and the armed robbery that Sarah, my parents, and I were victims of in November. But it will have to wait! I recently returned from a class in Rome, Italy, and for my final project I committed to write in this blog about my experiences, and share some of the photographs I took. From this moment forward (until Friday morning), Rome! Rome if you want to, without anything but the love we feel!
I mentioned below that Prof. Diane Lipsett delivered a wonderful lecture on the conversation currently taking place between New Testament scholars, family historians, social archaeologists and the like. The title of this post is actually the title of en entire semester-long course taught by Prof. Lipsett, so for our, geez, ninety minute session she condensed her focus to Men, Women, and Children in Ancient Rome. With her permission, I am posting my notes from this lecture below, tweaked a little for readability. Prof. Lipsett is interested in studies of gender formation among non-elites as well as elites, those people about whom we know much less because they did not have the resources or clout to commemorate and study themselves, generally speaking. Roman households were much broader than we conceive of in modern terms, with a wide spectrum of people connected by family and employment living under one roof (the terms domus/eikos/ikea capture this idea of an indiscriminate household