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Discovering the Roman Family : Studies in Roman Social History - Keith R. Bradley

Discovering the Roman Family

Studies in Roman Social History

Paperback Published: 25th April 1991
ISBN: 9780195058581
Number Of Pages: 240

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These essays on various aspects of family life in ancient Rome offer an especially timely and provocative new characterization of how this most elementary component of Roman society was structured. Recognizing that a traditional nuclear model is necessary for a basic understanding of Roman family organization, Keith R. Bradley argues that a broader, more extensive context must be established if this structure is to be fully appreciated. Examining the roles of slaves, servants, and other surrogates in the upbringing and socialization of children, and concentrating on the parts played by wet-nurses and male childerminders, his book molds an entirely new framework for the study of the Roman family. He investigates the extent of serial marriage, especially among the upper-classes, and the effects of the widespread familial dislocation that resulted, and for the first time considers the prevalence of child labor in the Roman world, contrasting the experiences of upper-class and lower-class children. Bringing these themes together in a lively final section through a fresh, thorough examination of Cicero's correspondence, Bradley portrays the life of an actual Roman family. A seminal contribution to Roman social history, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in how the family worked and lived in classical times.

Industry Reviews

"Valuable contribution to the history of Roman family and life course."--American Historical Review "A scholarly, yet highly readable and accessible set of studies--a valuable and welcome resource for those studying and teaching Roman history....Will also make a fine complement to Shelton's source book."--Paul B. Harvey, Pennsylvania State University "Will adopt as a supplementary source in my Ancient History course. It is a unique and valuable resource on Rome."--Reuben G. Bullard, Cincinnati Bible College "Enormously valuable, extraordinarily interesting, a gold mine of erudition, welcomed as a teaching resource in a subject area of critical importance."--Clyde Curry Smith, University of Wisconsin, River Falls "Excellent for graduate students."--Elizabeth Adams, Frostburg State University "A most timely, solid, readable study for all students of Roman social civilization."--Stephen Simon, Appalachian State University "A most useful supplement to a basic text and a most welcome way to bring the Romans to life as a living society. Well organized and well thought out."--M.C. Rosenfield, Southeast Mass. University "A very useful collection of studies--I shall certainly recommend it to students."-Ria Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "Clear presentation of major issues. Excellent notes and bibliography. Individual chapters stand alone. Ideal fr upper division course."-K.R. Wwalkters, Wayne State University "Tackles material, particularly the involvement of children in the Roman work force, that does not appear in general textbooks."--Elias Kapetanopoulos, Central Connecticut State University "Valuable contribution to the history of Roman family and life course."--American Historical Review "A scholarly, yet highly readable and accessible set of studies--a valuable and welcome resource for those studying and teaching Roman history....Will also make a fine complement to Shelton's source book."--Paul B. Harvey, Pennsylvania State University "Will adopt as a supplementary source in my Ancient History course. It is a unique and valuable resource on Rome."--Reuben G. Bullard, Cincinnati Bible College "Enormously valuable, extraordinarily interesting, a gold mine of erudition, welcomed as a teaching resource in a subject area of critical importance."--Clyde Curry Smith, University of Wisconsin, River Falls "Excellent for graduate students."--Elizabeth Adams, Frostburg State University "A most timely, solid, readable study for all students of Roman social civilization."--Stephen Simon, Appalachian State University "A most useful supplement to a basic text and a most welcome way to bring the Romans to life as a living society. Well organized and well thought out."--M.C. Rosenfield, Southeast Mass. University "A very useful collection of studies--I shall certainly recommend it to students."-Ria Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "Clear presentation of major issues. Excellent notes and bibliography. Individual chapters stand alone. Ideal fr upper division course."-K.R. Wwalkters, Wayne State University "Tackles material, particularly the involvement of children in the Roman work force, that does not appear in general textbooks."--Elias Kapetanopoulos, Central Connecticut State University "A very useful and a very good book." W. Jeffrey Tatum, Florida State University "A beautifully written, and extremely useful and accurate account of Roman family life by an acknowledged scholar in the field....A great service especially to teachers and even lay readers who want a solid overview of the area."--David Soren, University of Arizona "Looks like an excellent book...More suited to scholarly and graduate student reading....I shall recommend it."Richard A. Todd, Wichita State University "Very good essays on interesting topics....The essays cover ground difficult to find elsewhere."--Gregory McMahon, University of New Hampshire "The studies of childcare and of remarriage are particularly good studies that exhibit the historiographical intricacies of their topics."--Joseph Byrne, West Georgia College "Bradley's presentation of the pronounced variety and flexibility exhibited by the Roman family has considerable merit and should influence future discussion on the subject. His scholarship is careful, detailed, and sensible....[T]his is a very important book, which should be read by anyone with an interest in the Roman family or related fields."--Journal of Social History "This admirable work is a significant contribution to the social history of the Roman family. Of value to all persons interested in the subject from whatever perspective: history, anthropology, biblical studies, family studies."--Religious Studies Review "A significant contribution to the study of the Roman family, in a series of insightful and well documented papers, aspects rarely investigated by modern scholarship. It can be used for advanced undergraduate and graduate work, and will benefit scholars in the field."--The Classical Association of the Atlantic States INC "Bradley adds further levels of sublety and complexity to the growing consensus that the nuclear family was the norm at Rome. He generously gives the reader the material to reject his own arguments;indeed, his style positively stimulates debate."--Phoenix

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 11
The Social Role of the Nurse in the Roman Worldp. 13
Notesp. 29
Inscription Referencesp. 35
Child Care at Rome: The Role of Menp. 37
Notesp. 65
Chapter Appendix 3.1p. 69
Tatae and Mammae in the Roman Familyp. 76
Notesp. 95
Child Labor in the Roman Worldp. 103
Notesp. 119
Dislocation in the Roman Familyp. 125
Notesp. 145
Chapter Appendixp. 149
Remarriage and the Structure of the Upper-Class Family at Romep. 156
Notesp. 173
A Roman Familyp. 177
Notesp. 201
Bibliographical Referencesp. 205
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ISBN: 9780195058581
ISBN-10: 0195058585
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 25th April 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.03 x 14.05  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.31