The first section of the book deals with the history of the relationship of classical studies and anthropology. In the second section the more material aspects of ancient Greek life are considered and the author relates the economic history of the period to new approaches in archaeology and economic anthropology.
The place of kinship in the social structure of the Greek city-state; the social factors involved in the genesis of Greek philosophy; and the structural and institutional components of 'freedom' in classical Athens are all examined.
First published in 1978.
'Everyone interested in the ancient world (in the widest sense of the term) will be grateful for Mrs Humphreys' book.' - R.M. Ogilvie, The Times Higher Education Supplement