Class 2612 RD Ch.2

Class 2612 RD Ch.2 - Ch.2 Family Structure Affected by low...

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Ch.2 Family Structure: Affected by low life expectancy. Children would not expect that even oneparent would be alive to see them mature, parents did not expect to see all of their children live to adulthood. Consequently, Romans who lived to middle age had a “blended” family – a network of step-family and half-sibling relationships. Death dissolved families more than divorce. Roman family was pragmatic – pple formed familial ties to create mutual assistance obligations – family members had to depend on one another. fathers and mothers fathers: father and children form a familia; children of his sons belong to familia, but children of daughters do not (they belong to their father’s familia). paterfamila = head of familia. Technically, 50 yr. old and 25 yr old sons living in different households were dependent on 80 year old paterfamilias. Paterfamilias had absolute control over descendants. Father managed the finances of household, had right to expose new born child, arrange marriages, force divorces, sell child into slavery, etc.
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Class 2612 RD Ch.2 - Ch.2 Family Structure Affected by low...

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