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The Roman Family in Italy : Status, Sentiment, Space - Beryl Rawson

The Roman Family in Italy

Status, Sentiment, Space

By: Beryl Rawson (Editor), Paul Weaver (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198152835
Number Of Pages: 400

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The family continues to be seen as a central institution in Roman as well as modern, Western society. The Roman family is often used as a stereotype, sometimes of severity, sometimes of decadence, with its decline often cited as a cause of wider decline and fall. Definitions and concepts continue to be modified and nuanced, however, as the availability of new evidence and new methodologies make possible a much less simplistic picture. In this volume, the study of family draws on a wide range of disciplines to develop the intertwined themes of status, sentiment, and space. For example, on status there are contributions about Junian Latins and a survey of senators' monuments, while sentiment is represented by a gloomy but convincing picture of old age and a paper on the sentimental ideal which argues that conflict as well as concord is a feature of family life. Space is represented, among others, by the contribution on who commemorates whom in Roman Italy, pointing up the regional variations in custom and the difficulties in tracing complete families. The final contributions focus on the house: how people lived in the Roman house, the use of rooms, and the artefacts that might indicate this use. The book makes use of many types of evidence from the legal and literary to the iconographical and archaeological. Visual and material evidence play an important role in reconstructing real lives in considerable colour and variety. The book moves beyond the city of Rome to the rest of Roman Italy and even into the provinces, just as Roman culture moved outwards and mingled with other cultures. Chronologically too there are new directions, towards the later Empire and Christianity. So, although the contributors do not abandon any of the territory already gained in Rome, nor literary and epigraphical sources, nor the late Republic or early Empire, there is an exciting sense of new discovery.

Industry Reviews

`The series is now required reading for anyone interested in Roman social history, and many of these essays will be useful in advanced undergraduate courses in Roman civilization.' Craige Champion, Allegheny College, Classical World, Vol 92, no. 5, 1999 `a generally well-written and valuable resource for undergraduates as well as scholars.' Jeanne Neumann O'Neill, Religious Studies Review

Beryl Rawson & Paul Weaver: Introduction Richard Saller: Roman Kinship: Structure and Sentiment Jane Gardner: Legal Stumbling-Blocks for Lower-Class Families in Rome Paul Weaver: Children of Junian Latins Werner Eck: Rome and the Outside World: Senatorial Families and the World They Lived In Peter Garnsey: Sons, Slaves and Christians Tim Parkin: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Elderly Members of the Roman Family Suzanne Dixon: Conflict in the Roman Family Hanne S. Nielsen: Interpreting Epithets in Roman Epitaphs Beryl Rawson: The Iconography of Roman Childhood Janet Huskinson: Iconography: Another Perspective Paul Gallivan and Peter Wilkins: Roman Familial Structures: A Regional Approach Lisa Nevett: Perceptions of Domestic Space in Roman Italy Michele George: Repopulating the Roman House Penelope Allison: Artefact Distribution and Spatial Function in Pompeian Houses

ISBN: 9780198152835
ISBN-10: 0198152833
Series: OUP/Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National Un
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.68