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Discovering the Roman Family

by K.R. Bradley

Discovering the Roman Family Synopsis

These essays on family life in ancient Rome offer a timely and provocative new characterization of how this most elementary component of Roman society was structured. Recognizing that a traditional nuclear model is necessary for an understanding of Roman family organization, Keith R. Bradley argues that a broader, more extensive context must be established if this structure is to be fully appreciated. A seminal contribution to Roman social history, this book is essential reading for all interested in how the Roman family worked and lived.

Discovering the Roman Family Press Reviews

'Dr Bradley has established his reputation in the burgeoning field of Roman family studies ... He is producing original critical work and is an independent voice. The outline of the new book shows that he disagrees sharply with some recent and influential work...I would certainly want to order Bradley as a supplemental (or even required) book in courses on the family at the upper-level undergraduate and graduate levels.' Susan Treggiari, Stanford University. 'B. makes important discoveries regarding adult-child relationships within the familia, and adds a new dimension to our perception of the Roman family ... His message is a useful and necessary one, that we must not be so taken by the discovery of the Roman nuclear family that we are not sensitive to the many complexities that would, at various times in each family's history, have modified the structure of that family.' Tim G. Parkin, Journal of Roman Studies '...it is particularly welcome to have an OUP paperback at a price affordable by students contianing seven detailed studies of different aspects of roman slavery and family life...his scholarship over the past decades has pointed the way to a more sophisticated understanding of how Romans experienced their social environment.' Thomas Wiedemann, The Classical Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780195058581
Publication date: 1st April 1991
Author: K.R. Bradley
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Sociology: family & relationships, Social & cultural history, European history, Ancient history: to c 500 CE,

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