Paper abstract

Engendering space in Dark Age Nichoria

Mallen Lisa

Examining the form of social organization in use in Dark Age Greece is critical for understanding socio-political trajectories as this period is situated between the collapse of the hierarchical bureaucracy of the Mycenaean citadel and the rise of the democratic assembly of the eighth century polis. I maintain that one way in which to study socio-political complexity is through an analysis of the built environment. After integrating gender and spatial theory, I discuss the diachronic development of gendered space in Unit IV-1 in Nichoria through its two architectural phases. This allows for the examination of gender relations within the contexts of economic production, social negotiation, and spatial segregation. Through this analysis, I demonstrate that gender in Dark Age Nichoria was an active structuring principle of social relations.

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