Adoption in the Roman World [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Adoption in the Roman World

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511700385
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 717 KB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 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; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
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