Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks
Call Number: DF78 .G276 1998
Publication Date: 1998-08-30
An illustrated guide to every aspect of ancient Greek culture from disability, chronic illness, and old age to architecture to the different aspects of work including agriculture and manufacturing, the arts, the public sphere, and language and literature. For example, from Caring for the Elderly: "The Greeks regarded the care of the elderly, which they called geroboskia, as a sacred duty, the responsibility for which rested exclusively with the offspring. Greek law laid down severe penalties for those who omitted to discharge their obligations. In Delphi, for instance, anyone who failed to look after his parents was liable to be put in irons and thrown into prison....There were no public facilities for the aged--the very idea of an old people's home would have been utterly alien to the Greeks" (66).