civ 2 - Jade Martin Dr. Bendler 11/7/06 World Civilizations...

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Jade Martin 11/7/06 Dr. Bendler World Civilizations Women and the Law in Rome: Legal Code Rome could be easily classified a patriarchal society. In the early years of the Roman Empire, penalties against women were more strict and harsh than those that were imposed upon the men. Men were dealt with in an entirely different way, and it was usually a more lenient punishment than women would receive. It was not until 27 B.C. that any form of legal protection for women began to improve. The inequalities of patriarchal society remained the same, but Roman women were far more protected in law than was common in patriarchal societies. Women were not only limited legally, but politically as well. Under the Roman Empire, women were allowed to testify in court, but with severe restrictions. Occasionally, upper-class women were educated, but men would ridicule their capacities in this area. One of the first features of gender law comes from a speech from the emperor Augustus. In this speech, Augustus is addressing upper-class fathers, and is explaining to them why he greatly increased protections for the family rights of women. Many criticized Augustus for granting these protections to women. In his address, Augustus
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