Women in Roman Law and Society
By (author) Jane F. Gardner
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Women in Roman Law and Society by Jane F. Gardner
Book DescriptionThe legal situation of the women of ancient Rome was extremely complex, and - since there was no sharp distinction between free woman, freedwoman and slave - the definition of their legal position is often heard. Basing her lively analysis on detailed study of literary and epigraphic material, Jane F. Gardner explores the provisions of the Roman laws as they related to women. Dr Gardner describes the ways in which the laws affected women throughout their lives - in families, as daughters, wives and parents; as heiresses and testators; as owners and controllers of property; and as workers. She looks with particular attention at the ways in which the strict letter of the law came to be modified, softened, circumvented, and even changed, pointing out that the laws themselves tell us as much about the economic situation of women and the range of opportunities available to them outside the home.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415059022
(216mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Jun-1987
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jane F. Gardner
Family and Familia in Roman Law and Life, Hardback (May 1998)
The basis of Roman civil law was the familia, a strictly-defined group consisting of a head - the paterfamilias - and his descendants in the male line. This book investigates the interrelationship between family and familia, and explores legal, social and demographic factors effecting the familia.
Roman Myths, Paperback (October 1993)» View all books by Jane F. Gardner
This study reveals Roman myths as stories, not of gods, but about Romans themselves. They were, in short, propaganda. Tales of Aeneas, Romulus and Remus and the "Seven Kings" tell of the founding of Rome, and extoll her rise to power. Citizens were intended to be inspired by heroism and civic duty.
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