April 26 CU at Joslyn
"Daily Life in Greek and Roman Households" with Christina Clark
2 - 3 pm

Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with Creighton University presents stimulating lectures by Creighton faculty in Joslyn’s Abbott Lecture Hall on select Sundays at 2:00 pm. CU at Joslyn, offered in collaboration with Creighton’s University College, presents a variety of topics and interdisciplinary perspectives on Joslyn’s collections or exhibitions. CU at Joslyn is free for Museum members and Creighton students and faculty with ID, and $5 for the general public.

CU at Joslyn is supported by the Criss Foundation.

"Daily Life in Greek and Roman Households" presented b Christina Clark, Ph.D., Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CANES)


How did average Greeks and Romans live their daily lives? Would we feel at home in their houses, or would they seem strange? This talk focuses on the material remains of daily life in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, presenting objects from the Joslyn collection and putting them into context. Dr. Clark will show reconstructions of Greek and Roman houses, identifying public, private, and gendered spaces and discuss the choice of decorations in household contexts. After a few words on architectural elements, such as antefixes and beam terminals, she will look at indoor activities and everyday objects people used. For bedrooms, for example, Clark will describe objects connected with grooming, and for dining rooms, she will show vessels used to hold food and drink. Finally, Clark will consider objects that were of a more general nature such as ritual objects and toys.




Image: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), The Convalescent, 1869, oil on wood panel; Gift of Francis T. B. Martin, 1991.3.