MAG. DR. ELISABETH RATHMAYR & MAG. DR. VERONIKA SCHEIBELREITER-GAIL (Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture, Austrian Academy of Sciences), "ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXTS OF INSCRIPTIONS IN THE PRIVATE SPHERE FROM THE LATE CLASSICAL TO THE EARLY IMPERIAL PERIOD"
Ancient dwellings of elites in the Greek East provide an excellent base for studying the epigraphic habit
in the private sphere. Inscriptions from dwellings not only give an insight into everyday life, but allow
us to get close to the homeowners, their families, friends and guests. From the inscriptions we learn
about the motivation and intention for their erection and about the audience they addressed.
The lecture focuses on inscriptions in Greece from the 4th century BC to the 1st century AD. The
distribution of texts in houses, their role for the self-representation and self-perception of the
homeowners, for the domestic religion, and what they can tell us about social interactions in houses
are dealt with.