ISBN-10:
0521490502
ISBN-13:
9780521490504
Pub. Date:
02/19/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Growing Up Fatherless in Antiquity

Growing Up Fatherless in Antiquity

by Sabine R. Hubner, David M. Ratzan

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Overview

Growing Up Fatherless in Antiquity

As the changes in the traditional family accelerated toward the end of the twentieth century, a great deal of attention came to focus on fathers, both modern and ancient. While academics and politicians alike singled out the conspicuous and growing absence of the modern father as a crucial factor affecting contemporary family and social dynamics, ancient historians and classicists have rarely explored ancient father-absence, despite the likelihood that nearly a third of all children in the ancient Mediterranean world were fatherless before they turned fifteen. The proportion of children raised by single mothers, relatives, step parents, or others was thus at least as high in antiquity as it is today. This book assesses the wide-ranging impact that high levels of chronic father-absence had on the cultures, politics, and families of the ancient world.

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ISBN-13: 9780521490504
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/19/2009
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sabine R. Hübner is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University and an adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University.

David M. Ratzan holds degrees in Classics from Yale University and Clare College, Cambridge. He is currently finishing his doctoral work at Columbia University on the social and economic history of contract in Roman Egypt.

Table of Contents

List of figures x

List of tables xi

List of contributors xii

Acknowledgments xv

Note on abbreviations xvi

Introduction 1

1 Fatherless antiquity? Perspectives on "fatherlessness" in the ancient Mediterranean Sabine R. Hüet;bner David M. Ratzan 3

Part I Coping With Demographic Realities 29

2 The demographic background Walter Scheidel 31

3 Oedipal complexities Mark Golden 41

4 Callirhoe's dilemma: remarriage and stepfathers in the Greco-Roman East Sabine R. Hüet;bner 61

5 "Without father, without mother, without genealogy": fatherlessness in the Old and New Testaments Marcus Sigismund 83

Part II Virtual Fatherlessness 103

6 Bastardy and fatherlessness in ancient Greece Daniel Ogden 105

7 Fatherlessness and formal identification in Roman Egypt Myrto Malouta 120

Part III Roles Without Models 139

8 Diomedes, the fatherless hero of the Iliad Louise Pratt 141

9 Sons (and daughters) without fathers: fatherlessness in the Homeric epics Georg Wöet;hrle 162

10 Absent Roman fathers in the writings of their daughters: Cornelia and Sulpicia Judith P. Hallett 175

Part IV Rhetoric of Loss 193

11 The disadvantages and advantages of being fatherless: the case of Sulla Sabine Müet;ller 195

12 An imperial family man: Augustus as surrogate father to Marcus Antonius' children Ann-Cathrin Harders 217

13 Cui Parens non erat maximums quisque et vetustissimus pro parente: paternal surrogates in imperial Roman literature Neil W. Bernstein 241

14 The education of orphans: a reassessment of the evidence of Libanius Raffaella Cribiore 257

15 "Woe to those making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless": Christianideals and the obligations of stepfathers in late antiquity Geoffrey Nathan 273

Bibliography 293

Index 326

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