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Rome and the Roman Family from Republic to Empire
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Roman Family Family ( familia ) unit center of Roman life Consists of all who share direct line of ascent, and their slaves, property Ruled by senior male ( pater familias ) Patria potestas has 3 dimensions: 1. authority over family members 2. authority over slaves 3. ownership and authority over all property
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The Home ( domus ) Single-family home ( domus ) reserved for wealthy elite Might include multiple generations Pater familias leads family worship of Roman gods and ancestors Most Romans live in apartment buildings Roman bedroom or cubiculum
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Law vs. Reality Ideal father is not tyrannical Right of life and death rarely exercised Many adult men freed from paternal authority, through death or legal measures Fathers’ have responsibilities as much as authority and also many are caring and devoted Adoption common
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Roman patrician holding busts of his ancestors. Such sculptures would be place in household shrines.
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