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Family and Familia in Roman Law and Life

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Jane F. GardnerProfessor of Ancient History, University of Reading

ISBN13: 9780198152170
ISBN: 0198152175
Published: February 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £137.50



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Roman families were infinitely diverse, but the basis of Roman civil law was the familia, a strictly-defined group consisting of a head - the paterfamilias - and his descendants in the male line. This book investigates the interrelationship between family and familia, especially how families exploited the legal rules for their own ends, and disrupted the familia, by use of emancipation (release from patria potestas ) and adoption. It also traces legal responses to the effects of demographic factors, which gave increased importance to maternal connections, and social factors, such as the difficulties for ex-slaves in conforming to the familia-pattern.;The familia as a legal institution remained virtually unchanged; nevertheless Roman family law underwent substantial changes, to meet the needs and desires of Roman society.