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Adoption in the Roman World


  • Author: Hugh Lindsay, University of Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521760508

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  • Adoption in other cultures and other times provides a background to understanding the operation of adoption in the Roman worlds. This book considers the relationship of adoption to kinship structures in the Greek and Roman world. It considers the procedures for adoption followed by a separate analysis of testamentary cases, and the impact of adoption on nomenclature. The impact of adoption on inheritance arrangements is considered, including an account of how the families of freedmen were affected. Its use as a mode of succession at Rome is detailed, and this helps to understand the anxiety of childless Romans to procure a son through adoption, rather than simply to nominate heirs in their wills. The strategy also had political uses, and importantly it was used to rearrange natural succession in the imperial family. The book concludes with political adoptions, looking at the detailed case studies of Clodius and Octavian.

    • A comprehensive cross cultural treatment of adoption as a familial strategy, allowing the reader to understand how adoption has been used historically in other cultures
    • An analysis of Roman procedures for adoption and details of the impact of adoption on succession arrangements which explains and clarifies the legal rules behind the social phenomenon of adoption in Rome
    • Illustrates the use of adoption to achieve political ends, clarifying the position in important cases from late Republic and early Empire
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521760508
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Adoption, kinship and the family: cross cultural perspectives
    2. Kinship in Greece and Rome
    3. Greek adoptions: comparisons and possible influences on the Roman world
    4. Procedural aspects of Roman adoption
    5. The testamentary adoption
    6. Roman nomenclature after adoption
    7. Adoption and inheritance
    8. Roman freedmen and their families: the use of adoption
    9. Adoption in Plautus and Terence
    10. Sallust and the adoption of Jugurtha
    11. Adrogatio and adoptio from Republic to Empire
    12. Testamentary adoptions - a review of some known cases
    13. Political adoptions in the Republic
    14. Clodius and his adoption
    15. The adoption of Octavian
    16. Political adoption in the early empire at Rome, Pompeii and Ostia
    17. The imperial family

  • Author

    Hugh Lindsay, University of Newcastle, New South Wales
    Hugh Lindsay is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. His previous publications include Suetonius: Caligula (1993), Suetonius: Tiberius (1995) and he co-edited (with Daniela Dueck and Sarah Poethecary) Strabo's Cultural Geography (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

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