Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family
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Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family by Richard P. Saller
Book DescriptionThe figure of the Roman father has traditionally provided the pattern of patriarchy in European thought. This book shows how the social realities and cultural representations diverged from this paradigm. Demographic analysis and computer simulation demonstrate that before adulthood most Romans lost their fathers by death. Close reading of Latin texts reveals Roman fathers as devoted and loving and not harsh exploitative masters of slaves. The demographic and cultural contexts deepen our understanding of how the patrimony was transmitted.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521599788
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family, Hardback (November 1994)
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Provides historical and anthropological perspectives on the Western family, focusing on family life in Italy from the Roman Empire to the present. Topics covered include marriage, divorce, matchmaking, inheritance, sexual mores, celibacy, adoption and property rights.
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