Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family (Paperback)
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Short Description for Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family This innovative study of the patriarchy belies the accepted notion of the father figure as tyrannical and exploitative.
- Published: 01 February 2004
- Format: Paperback 268 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521599788 ISBN 10: 0521599784
- Sales rank: 1,024,196
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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.