Roman Marriage: Iusti Coniuges from the Time of Cicero to the Time of Ulpian

Paperback | May 1, 1993

bySusan Treggiari

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Marriage, a fundamental institution in human societies, takes varying forms. This book explores the practicalities, the cultural assumptions, and the affective possibilities of marriage during the later Republic and the Principate (c. 100 BC - AD 235). It takes a fresh view of theinteraction of law and reality within Roman marriage, and builds on the accumulation of legal scholarship in the field, as well as on the latest insights into Roman society. Through detailed examination of original sources (which are translated), Professor Treggiari shows that marriage affected a Roman woman's social status and might entail legal consequences. The socio-legal effect on a man as an individual was less striking but enabled him to father legitimatechildren, which was the main object of the institution. The creation of new family alignments, shifts in the distribution of property, and the birth of new generations were important for society as a whole. Professor Treggiari also examines the dynamics of the various influences on the choice ofpartner; behavioural norms; and the motives for divorce.

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Marriage, a fundamental institution in human societies, takes varying forms. This book explores the practicalities, the cultural assumptions, and the affective possibilities of marriage during the later Republic and the Principate (c. 100 BC - AD 235). It takes a fresh view of theinteraction of law and reality within Roman marriage, ...

Susan Treggiari is at Stanford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:594 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:May 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'Inspired by Crook's Law and Life, the same fine balance as there is achieved by Treggiari between legal intricacy and social reality... Treggiari is thoroughly conversant with the vast array of literary evidence. On points of detail, whether of major or minor significance, the book tendstoward the encyclopaedic and will serve many as a work of reference more than as a book to be read from cover to cover. There is much to fascinate as well as to enlighten... The book is clearly structured... a good review of the present state of legal research into the Augustan legislation, andsocial historians will find it useful in that regard.'Tim G. Parkin, Journal of Roman Studies