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The Roman family

Author: Suzanne Dixon
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1992.
Series: Ancient society and history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Unfaithful spouses, divorce and remarriage, rebellious children, aging parents--today's headlines are filled with issues said to be responsible for a "breakdown" of the traditional family. But are any of these problems truly new? What can we learn from the ways in which societies dealt with them in the past? Suzanne Dixon sets the current debate about the family against a broader context in The Roman Family, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dixon, Suzanne.
Roman family.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1992
(DLC) 91025876
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Dixon
ISBN: 0801841992 9780801841996 080184200X 9780801842009
OCLC Number: 70781939
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 279 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Ancient society and history.
Responsibility: Suzanne Dixon.

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Unfaithful spouses, divorce and remarriage, rebellious children, aging parents--today's headlines are filled with issues said to be responsible for a "breakdown" of the traditional family. But are any of these problems truly new? What can we learn from the ways in which societies dealt with them in the past? Suzanne Dixon sets the current debate about the family against a broader context in The Roman Family, the first book to bring together what historians, anthropologists, and philologists have learned about the family in ancient Rome. Dixon begins by reviewing the controversies regarding the family in general and the Roman family in particular. After considering the problems of evidence, she explores what the Roman concept of "family" really meant and how Roman families functioned. Turning to the legal status of the Roman family, she shows how previous studies, which relied exclusively on legal evidence, fell short of describing the reality of Roman life. (Many relations not recognized by law--the slave family, for instance, or the marriage of imperial soldiers--were tolerated socially and eventually gained some legal recognition.) Other topics include love and other aspects of the institution of marriage, the role of the children in the family, how families adjusted to new members, and how they dealt with aging and death.

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"One of the very best volumes in the Ancient Society and History series...The material is well presented and skillfully analyzed so as to expose the `true' rather than the theoretical."--'Greece and Read more...

 
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