Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family

Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family

By (author) Richard P. Saller , Series edited by Richard Smith , Series edited by Jan De Vries , Series edited by Paul Johnson , Series edited by Keith Wrightson


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The 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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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 22mm | 421.84g
  • 20 Feb 2004
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 30 tables
  • 0521599784
  • 9780521599788
  • 1,070,472

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' ... a remarkable book, impressive in its command of diverse materials and methodologies and certain to inspire further advances'. American Historical Review

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