The Olynthian House: Habitus, Home, and Greek Identity.

Mark Dolynskyj


The town of Olynthus, located on the Northern Coast of the Aegean Sea in Greece, provides the setting for an analysis of space within the ancient Greek home.  The ancient Greek household can be seen as a microcosm of Greek social identity by applying the notion of habitus proposed by Pierre Bourdieu (1977), Gamma analysis outlined in The Social Logic of Space (Hillier and Hanson 1984), and the Greek notion of isonomia.  The Greek home was designed for privacy: dividing home from the outside, guests from the inside, and male from female, while presenting a political ideology to the outside world.