ABSTRACT

This chapter seeks to examine how useful Gell’s Strathernograms are in understanding the nature of feasting in Lazio and Campania from the ninth to seventh centuries BCE. The roots of Strathern’s partible person can be traced back to Mauss and his explanation of gift exchange as involving a part of the donor’s soul being given with the gift. Tracing the anthropological roots of these concepts this chapter then explores current scholarship on feasting and reciprocity and hospitality in Homeric epic. From this literature review the author produces some Strathernograms to understand ancient feasting practices. These Strathernograms are then used to analyse the role of feasts in EIA Lazio and Campania, particularly the so-called Princely tomb assemblages, which have an attested link to the Homeric world. A network graph based on the objects these tombs held demonstrates the connections these communities held, and this graph appears to resemble an elite feasting network.