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Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family

Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family


Part of Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time

  • Date Published: March 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521599788

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  • The figure of the Roman father has traditionally provided the pattern of patriarchy in European thought. This book shows how the social realities and cultural representations diverged from this paradigm. Demographic analysis and computer simulation demonstrate that before adulthood most Romans lost their fathers by death. Close reading of Latin texts reveals Roman fathers as devoted and loving and not harsh exploitative masters of slaves. The demographic and cultural contexts deepen our understanding of how the patrimony was transmitted.

    • Challenge to standard view of Roman patriarchy
    • Multiple approaches, including demographic, linguistic and legal
    • One of the most successful recent books in the Population Studies series
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    ' … a remarkable book, impressive in its command of diverse materials and methodologies and certain to inspire further advances'. The American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521599788
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.363kg
    • contains: 30 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: approaches to the history of the Roman family
    Part I. Roman Life Course and Kinship: Biology and Culture:
    2. Roman patterns of death, marriage and birth
    3. Simulations of Roman family and kinship
    Part II. Roman Family and Culture: Definitions and Norms:
    4. Familia and domus: defining and representing the Roman family and household
    5. Pietas and patria potestas: obligation and power in the Roman household
    6. Whips and words: discipline and punishment in the Roman household
    Part III. The Devolution of Property in the Roman Family:
    7. Strategies of succession in Roman families
    8. Guardianship of Roman children
    9. Dowries and daughters in Rome
    10. Conclusion

  • Author

    Richard P. Saller, University of Chicago

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