Marriage, Divorce, and Children in Ancient Rome

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorBeryl Rawson

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The family has played a central role in most societies, and the complexity and variety of that role has engaged the minds of scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Recent studies of ancient Rome have shown that the sentimental ideal of a core nuclear family was strong throughout theperiod, but that the reality was often different. This book looks in detail at many aspects of the composition and inner workings of the Roman family and provides an illuminating case-study of the sentimental ideal vis-a-vis everyday reality. The areas of study covered are adult-childrelationships (Beryl Rawson), the frequency of divorce (Susan Treggiari), divorce and adoption as familial strategies (Mireille Corbier), remarriage and the structure of the upper-class Roman family (K. R. Bradley), the sentimental ideal of the Roman family (Suzanne Dixon), fathers and sons (EmielEyben), familial authority and obedience (Richard Saller), children of freedmen (P. R. C. Weaver), and the impact of domestic architecture with reference to Pompeii and Herculaneum (Andrew Wallace-Hadrill).

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The family has played a central role in most societies and the complexity and variety of that role has engaged the minds of many from a wide range of disciplines. There is no easy definition of 'the family' and no single pattern in any society.

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The family has played a central role in most societies, and the complexity and variety of that role has engaged the minds of scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Recent studies of ancient Rome have shown that the sentimental ideal of a core nuclear family was strong throughout theperiod, but that the reality was often different. ...

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The family has played a central role in most societies and the complexity and variety of that role has engaged the minds of many from a wide range of disciplines. There is no easy definition of 'the family' and no single pattern in any society.

Beryl Rawson is at Australian National University, Canberra.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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The family has played a central role in most societies and the complexity and variety of that role has engaged the minds of many from a wide range of disciplines. There is no easy definition of 'the family' and no single pattern in any society.

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`'there are no more excuses for simple sensationalism on this subject ... Much credit for the advance must go to Beryl Rawson particularly (but not solely) for her organization of and contributions to conferences on the Roman family. The papers of the 1981 conference were published in 1986and the volume remains indispensable... she provides a very useful overview of the life within the family of the growing child, she does well to lay emphasis on the more public aspects of family life, as well as the physical environment of the home.''Tim G. Parkin, Journal of Roman Studies