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1 - Family Life

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 November 2020

Emily A. Hemelrijk
Affiliation:
Universiteit van Amsterdam
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The first chapter deals with women's various roles within their families and households and covers women of all classes indiscriminately (except for the imperial family). It starts with their central positions as wives, throwing light on the traditional wifely virtues and Roman marital ideals but also on marital problems, including divorce and even murder. The first part is followed by separate parts on women's roles as mothers, daughters, grandmothers, siblings and other relations such as aunts and nieces, and on women's roles in foster families and step families, thus presenting a lively overview of women's various familial roles in the course of their lives and the expectations that went with these different roles. The inscriptions and graffiti record feelings of joy at childbirth, love and praise for a happy marriage, attachment between mothers and children and mourning and anger at bereavement. Many epitaphs express the wish to have died first or the hope to be reunited in death.

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Women and Society in the Roman World
A Sourcebook of Inscriptions from the Roman West
, pp. 15 - 67
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Family Life
  • Emily A. Hemelrijk, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Book: Women and Society in the Roman World
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316536087.004
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  • Family Life
  • Emily A. Hemelrijk, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Book: Women and Society in the Roman World
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316536087.004
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  • Family Life
  • Emily A. Hemelrijk, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Book: Women and Society in the Roman World
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316536087.004
Available formats
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