March 5th, 2008

life of an ancient greek potter

This is driving me nuts.

I need to know where an ancient Greek potter would have lived. He's working on red ground pottery, so we're talking around 530 BC here, or some time shortly thereafter. Right now I have him in Athens, but I'm not even sure about that-- would a potter live in the city, or would he live somewhere else and 'commute' in to sell his pots?

What I really need to know is what the view outside his window would be. What would the houses look like? Would he be seeing big buildings, the classic Athenian structures, or...? A residential neighborhood? Fields? If he'd be seeing a residential neighborhood, what would that look like? I know the houses were generally mud brick covered in plaster, with pottery tile roofing and bare windows, but I'm not clear on the exact architecture, and the more specifics I can get, the better it'd be.

Basically, would a Greek potter-- we can assume he's a master craftsman, and not just an apprentice, since my character's older-- live in a residential neighborhood, or some sort of craftsman neighborhood (what on earth would THAT look like?), in the city, or....? And what would his neighborhood look like?

I've searched variations and combos of "530 BC ancient greek life athens potter living quarters home house," and I keep getting stuff about the pots themselves and the designs on them, which is nice, but not what I need. Any help you lot could render would be much appreciated!

Fatal diseases question

When: April-May 2008

Where: Southern Ontario, Canada

Searched: Wikipedia - pretty much every illnessin the list of fatal diseases, illnesses. Google: Fatal disease information, fatal illness information. Including fatal familial insomnia, which doesn't work for what I need but terrifies me all the same.

Question: I'm currently working on a story based around a seventeen-year-old girl who learns she has three weeks to live. She's relatively healthy, in diet and activity. She also doesn't show major signs of slowing down until the last four or so days of her life. Is there an illness that roughly fits these parameters?

hospital stay in the US/chronic illness

The setting is a fictional location, but for the purposes of this it's pretty much the United States.

The character in question has no medical insurance. Roughly how much, per day, would they owe for staying in the hospital? Would minor surgery cost extra?

A same character has a form of chronic anemia, and attempts suicide by slitting her wrists (thus the hospital stay). How would the blood loss aggravate her condition, or does it depend on the type of anemia? Are there any other chronic illnesses which could be aggravated/have an relapse be triggered by this method of suicide particularly, or could some other method set off some other illness?

She's only a minor character, rather, someone else is going to be saddled with her hospital bills and I need them to be as expensive as possible.