Discovering the Roman Family: Studies in Roman Social History / Edition 1

Discovering the Roman Family: Studies in Roman Social History / Edition 1

by Keith R. Bradley, K. R. Bradley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195058585

ISBN-13: 9780195058581

Pub. Date: 04/25/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195058581
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/25/1991
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.19(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1700L (what's this?)

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