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The Roman Family : Ancient Society and History - Suzanne Dixon

The Roman Family

Ancient Society and History

Paperback Published: 1st April 1992
ISBN: 9780801842009
Number Of Pages: 296
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Unfaithful spouses, divorce and remarriage, rebellious children, aging parents--today's headlines are filled with issues said to be responsible for a "breakdown" of the traditional family. But are any of these problems truly new? What can we learn from the ways in which societies dealt with them in the past? Suzanne Dixon sets the current debate about the family against a broader context in The Roman Family, the first book to bring together what historians, anthropologists, and philologists have learned about the family in ancient Rome. Dixon begins by reviewing the controversies regarding the family in general and the Roman family in particular. After considering the problems of evidence, she explores what the Roman concept of "family" really meant and how Roman families functioned. Turning to the legal status of the Roman family, she shows how previous studies, which relied exclusively on legal evidence, fell short of describing the reality of Roman life. (Many relations not recognized by law--the slave family, for instance, or the marriage of imperial soldiers--were tolerated socially and eventually gained some legal recognition.) Other topics include love and other aspects of the institution of marriage, the role of the children in the family, how families adjusted to new members, and how they dealt with aging and death.

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One of the very best volumes in the Ancient Society and History series... The material is well presented and skillfully analyzed so as to expose the 'true' rather than the theoretical. * Greece and Rome. *

Preface and Acknowledgments
In Search of the Roman Familyp. 1
Defining the Roman Familyp. 1
Other Trends in Scholarship on History of the Familyp. 12
The Myth of the Archaic Roman Familyp. 19
The Function of the Roman Familyp. 24
Conclusionp. 30
Roman Family Relations and the Lawp. 36
The Accommodation of Social Rules within the Legal Systemp. 45
Slave Familiesp. 53
Soldiers' Familiesp. 55
Conclusionp. 58
Marriagep. 61
The Definition and Purpose of Roman Marriagep. 61
Marriage, Law, and the State: Historical Trendsp. 71
Inside Roman Marriage: Feelings between Husband and Wifep. 83
Irregular Unionsp. 90
Conclusionp. 95
Children in the Roman Familyp. 98
Ancient Attitudes towards Young Childrenp. 98
The Function of Children in the Familyp. 108
Relations between Parents and Childrenp. 116
Deliberate Childlessness in Marriagep. 119
Children of Varying Statusp. 123
Conclusionp. 130
The Family through the Life Cyclep. 133
Family Ritual and the Life Stagesp. 133
Change and Conflict within the Familyp. 138
Attitudes towards the Old in the Roman Familyp. 149
Conclusionp. 157
Conclusionp. 160
Platesp. 165
Notesp. 183
Chronological Guide to Roman Historyp. 241
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 267
Books in the Seriesp. 280
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ISBN: 9780801842009
ISBN-10: 080184200X
Series: Ancient Society and History
Audience: Adult Education
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st April 1992
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.36

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