The Roman Family|
Fall 2012 not offered
What images do you associate with the phrase "traditional family"? The Roman family probably aligns in many ways with the model you have in mind, but it departs from it as well. The father of the Roman family (paterfamilias), for instance, was granted an extraordinary degree of control over his descendants, not just while they were children, but for their entire lives. In this class we will look at the makeup and dynamics of the Roman household, considering issues such as the architecture of the Roman house, marriage, divorce, funerary ritual, discipline of children, adultery, procreation, adoption, the status of women, and the all-important role of the father of the family in these matters.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Beard, M. THE FIRES OF VESUVIUS: POMPEII LOST AND FOUND
Dixon, S. THE ROMAN FAMILY
Frier, B.W. and McGinn, T. A CASEBOOK ON ROMAN FAMILY LAW
Saller, R. PATRIARCHY, PROPERTY AND DEATH IN THE ROMAN FAMILY
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several papers and revisions will be assigned over the semester. Students may be asked to critique their peers' papers as part of a writing workshop and submit the written comments to the instructor. Students may also be required occasionally to submit a 1-page written response to a reading assignment.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Participation in discussion is essential and will be evaluated as a component of the final grade for the course.
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