We are proud to announce the doctoral defense of our very own Juhana Heikonen on Tuesday 30 May 2017! The title of the thesis is “San Clemente in Rome. A New Reconstruction of the Early 5th Century Basilica and Its Origins” and it explores the history of the site and the role of the public and private buildings, from the horrea and the domus.
Welcome to the book launch Kaius Tuori’s book “Emperor of Law: The emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication” (OUP 2016) Wednesday 22.3. at 16-18 at the University of Helsinki in Unioninkatu 37 faculty room (1st floor). Comments from Janne Pölönen, Tommaso Beggio and Jacob Giltaij. Refreshments will be served.
More on the book from the OUP blog. The first online review of the book is also out here.
We are proud to announce that MA Laura Nissin will defend her thesis “Roman sleep – Sleeping areas and sleeping arrangements in the Roman house” on 25.11. starting at 12.15 at Hall 5 of the Main Building of the University of Helsinki (Fabianinkatu 33).
Her official opponent Dr. Joanne Berry (University of Swansea) will give an open lecture on the previous day, 24.11., at the Classics seminar room (Fabianinkatu 39, A-wing, 2. floor). She will be discussing Roman furniture and partitions.
Both events are open to the public. Welcome one and all!
“Public and Private in the Roman House”-projektin kirjan, Public and Private in the Roman House and Society (JRA Suppl. 102, 2015) julkaisutilaisuus pidetään 23.3.2016 klo 18-20 valtiotieteellisen tiedekunnan tiedekuntasalissa (Unioninkatu 37). Tilaisuudessa puhuvat Kaius Tuori, Laura Nissin ja Samuli Simelius, ja Eeva-Maria Viitanen toimii kommentaattorina. Tilaisuudessa on viinitarjoilu. Tervetuloa!
The “Public and Private in the Roman House” project’s book, Public and Private in the Roman House and Society (JRA Suppl. 102, 2015), will be launched on March 23rd, 2016, at 6-8 pm in the Faculty Room of Social Sciences (Unioninkatu 37). Kaius Tuori, Laura Nissin, and Samuli Simelius will speak, with Eeva-Maria Viitanen acting as a commentator. Refreshments will be served. Welcome!
Copies of the Supplement are now available for order at the JRA for a special price of 79 US dollars! For a full outline, see here.
Professor Rena van den Bergh from the University of South Africa will give a talk titled “Communication and publicity of the law in Rome”. The presentation will explore how public policy such as law was communicated through the Roman empire, the means by which imperial letters, rescripts and laws spread via the road network and how this was affected by the spread of Roman citizenship in the provinces. The lecture will take place on Monday 25th January, 4-6 pm at Unioninkatu 37, seminar room 1094. The lecture is open for all. Welcome!
We are happy to announce that the collected volume of the project, creatively titled PUBLIC AND PRIVATE IN THE ROMAN HOUSE AND SOCIETY, edited by Kaius Tuori and Laura Nissin, is at the printer and will be published in the fourth week of January. Contributors are K. Tuori, H. Fertik, E. M. Steinby, A. Russell, L. Bablitz, M. Perry, S. Speksnijder, L. Nissin, S. Simelius, F. M. Green, R. Cribiore, J. Hilder & A. Wallace-Hadrill. The volume appears as the Supplement 102 of the Journal of Roman Archaeology.
The PPRH project is organizing a session in the next Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC). The name of the session is “Beyond Public and Private in the Roman House“.
Studies on domestic space in Roman contexts have shown that the private house (domus) was the economic and social centre of its owner. Houses were designed to suit both the private life of its occupants and the demands of public life. Movement inside houses and the use of space was guided with the help of decoration and structures.
The purpose of this session is to go beyond the dichotomy of public and private spheres of the Roman house through a re-evaluation of the material remains and literary evidence. The time-frame would be from the first century BCE to the third century CE. As an interdisciplinary enterprise, the session seeks to combine historical, archaeological, philological and architectural analyses to further the understanding of the function of the domus as a place for social, cultural, political and administrative action. Often overshadowed by modern presuppositions regarding the functions of spaces within a home, the tradition of assigning a single purpose to each space has only recently been subjected to serious criticism due to the contradictions of material finds with the assumptions regarding the use of that space.
The orthodoxy in the older scholarship supported a very rigid view of the domus as divided between a public and private sections, with the same division acting as a gender marker for the male political activities within the political sphere and the female activities of nurturing and housekeeping within the domestic sphere. Thus the house would have followed the pattern of the familia with the paterfamilias with his sons taking care of the outside relations and the women taking care of the home. This division now outdated within the household, the aim of this session is to take a fresh look at conceptions of public and private within the house. Drawing from the suggestions of new theoretical and archaeological developments, we seek to explore how functions of spaces within the house were created by the actions of its inhabitants instead of being predetermined.
The call for papers for the session is open now. Deadline for abstracts is 18th of December, 2015. Please see the call for papers for details. You can find a list of all themed sessions of TRAC 2016 here.