Women and the Law in the Roman Empire: A Sourcebook on Marriage, Divorce and Widowhood / Edition 1

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It is widely recognized that Roman law is an important source of information about women in the Roman world, and can present a more rounded and accurate picture than literary sources. This sourcebook fully exploits the rich legal material of the imperial period - from Augustus (31 BCE - 14 CE) to the end of the western Roman Empire (476 CE), incorporating both pagan and Christian eras, and explaining the rights women held under Roman law, the restrictions to which they were subject, and legal regulations on marriage, divorce and widowhood.

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Preface. A sourcebook on women and the law in the Roman Empire: marriage, divorce, and widowhood
List of abbreviations
Glossary of Latin legal terms
Introduction: historical and legal background 1
I The legal sources 1
II Roman social structure and the legal system 6
III Timetable of important events and laws 13
1 The status of women in Roman law 13
I Definitions 16
II Forms of legal power 20
III Tutela mulierum (the guardianship of women) 23
IV Legal stereotypes of women's abilities and behavior 46
V Women in court: restrictions and rights 60
VI Women in public life: restrictions and responsibilities 71
2 Marriage in Roman law and society 81
I Marriage and its consequences in classical Roman law 81
II Marriage and its consequences in late Roman law 102
III Marriage contracts from Egypt and the Near East 122
3 Prohibited and non-legal unions 136
I Prohibited and non-marital unions in classical law 136
II Prohibited and non-marital unions in late antiquity 161
4 Divorce and its consequences 187
I Divorce in classical law 187
II Divorce in late Roman law 202
III Divorce in Egypt and the Near East 210
5 Widows and their children 219
I Remarriage in Roman law 220
II Widows and the guardianship of fatherless children 236
III Pregnant widows 261
Summation: The condition of women: rights and restrictions 270
Notes 272
Bibliography 327
Index of sources 337
General index 343
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