Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family / Edition 1

Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family / Edition 1

by Richard P. Saller
     
 

The Roman father, with his monopoly of property rights and power of life and death over his children, has been prominent in the formulation of the concept of patriarchy in European thought. However, the severe, authoritarian image, based on legal rules and legends, provides, according to Professor Saller, a misleading view of relations between the generations in Roman… See more details below

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The Roman father, with his monopoly of property rights and power of life and death over his children, has been prominent in the formulation of the concept of patriarchy in European thought. However, the severe, authoritarian image, based on legal rules and legends, provides, according to Professor Saller, a misleading view of relations between the generations in Roman families. Starting from a demographic analysis, aided by computer simulation of the kinship universe, he shows how the family changed through a Roman's life course, leaving many children fatherless. Examination of the Roman language, exempla, and symbolic behaviour of family relations reveals the mutuality of family obligation within the larger household in which children and slaves were differentiated by status marked by the whip. The concerned, loving father appears as a contrast to the exploitative master. An understanding of demography and cultural values, in turn, yields insights into the use of the sophisticated Roman legal institutions of inheritance, guardianship, and dowry for the transmission of patrimony essential to the continuity of family status. This book contains much of importance to scholars and students of ancient history and classics, and also to those whose interests lie in the field of historical demography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521599788
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time Series, #25
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Preface
Abbreviation
1Introduction: approaches to the history of the Roman family1
Pt. IRoman life course and kinship: biology and culture9
2Roman patterns of death, marriage and birth12
3Simulation of Roman family and kinship43
Pt. IIRoman family and culture: definitions and norms71
4Familia and domus: defining and representing the Roman family and household74
5Pietas and patria potestas: obligation and power in the Roman household102
6Whips and words: discipline and punishment in the Roman household133
Pt. IIIThe devolution of property in the Roman family155
7Strategies of succession in Roman families161
8Guardianship of Roman children181
9Dowries and daughters in Rome204
Bibliography233
Index245

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