The Roman Family in Italy: Status, Sentiment, Space

Paperback | April 5, 2000

EditorBeryl Rawson, Paul Weaver

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The family continues to be seen as a central institution in Roman as well as modern, Western society. The Roman family is often used as a stereotype, sometimes of severity, sometimes of decadence, with its decline often cited as a cause of wider decline and fall. Definitions and conceptscontinue to be modified and nuanced, however, as the availability of new evidence and new methodologies make possible a much less simplistic picture. In this volume, the study of family draws on a wide range of disciplines to develop the intertwined themes of status, sentiment, and space. Forexample, on status there are contributions about Junian Latins and a survey of senators' monuments, while sentiment is represented by a gloomy but convincing picture of old age and a paper on the sentimental ideal which argues that conflict as well as concord is a feature of family life. Space isrepresented, among others, by the contribution on who commemorates whom in Roman Italy, pointing up the regional variations in custom and the difficulties in tracing complete families. The final contributions focus on the house: how people lived in the Roman house, the use of rooms, and theartefacts that might indicate this use. The book makes use of many types of evidence from the legal and literary to the iconographical and archaeological. Visual and material evidence play an important role in reconstructing real lives in considerable colour and variety. The book moves beyond the city of Rome to the rest of Roman Italyand even into the provinces, just as Roman culture moved outwards and mingled with other cultures. Chronologically too there are new directions, towards the later Empire and Christianity. So, although the contributors do not abandon any of the territory already gained in Rome, nor literary andepigraphical sources, nor the late Republic or early Empire, there is an exciting sense of new discovery.

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The family continues to be seen as a central institution in Roman as well as modern, Western society. The Roman family is often used as a stereotype, sometimes of severity, sometimes of decadence, with its decline often cited as a cause of wider decline and fall. Definitions and conceptscontinue to be modified and nuanced, however, as ...

Beryl Rawson is at Australian National University. Paul Weaver is at University of Tasmania.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198152833

ISBN - 13:9780198152835

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Table of Contents

Beryl Rawson and Paul Weaver: IntroductionRichard Saller: Roman Kinship: Structure and SentimentJane Gardner: Legal Stumbling-Blocks for Lower-Class Families in RomePaul Weaver: Children of Junian LatinsWerner Eck: Rome and the Outside World: Senatorial Families and the World They Lived InPeter Garnsey: Sons, Slaves and ChristiansTim Parkin: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Elderly Members of the Roman FamilySuzanne Dixon: Conflict in the Roman FamilyHanne S. Nielsen: Interpreting Epithets in Roman EpitaphsBeryl Rawson: The Iconography of Roman ChildhoodJanet Huskinson: Iconography: Another PerspectivePaul Gallivan and Peter Wilkins: Roman Familial Structures: A Regional ApproachLisa Nevett: Perceptions of Domestic Space in Roman ItalyMichele George: Repopulating the Roman HousePenelope Allison: Artefact Distribution and Spatial Function in Pompeian Houses

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`a generally well-written and valuable resource for undergraduates as well as scholars.'Jeanne Neumann O'Neill, Religious Studies Review