The Cultural Lives of Domestic Objects in Late Antiquity

Stoner, Jo (2019) The Cultural Lives of Domestic Objects in Late Antiquity. Brill, Leiden, Netherlands E-ISBN 978-90-04-39106-2. (In press) (doi: (Full text available)

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In this book, Jo Stoner investigates the role of domestic material culture in Late Antiquity. Using archaeological, visual and textual evidence from across the Roman Empire, the personal meanings of late antique possessions are revealed through reference to theoretical approaches including object biography. Heirlooms, souvenirs, and gift objects are discussed in terms of sentimental value, before the book culminates in a case study reassessing baskets as an artefact type. This book succeeds in demonstrating personal scales of value for artefacts, moving away from the focus on economic and social status that dominate studies in this field. It thus represents a new interpretation of domestic material culture from Late Antiquity, revealing how objects transformed houses into homes during this period.

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Uncontrolled keywords: Material culture; artefacts; object biography; archaeology; souvenirs; heirlooms; gifts; Late Antiquity; basketry; baskets; domestic objects; memory; value
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Jo Stoner
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 15:09 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 15:15 UTC
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