Making Romans in the Family

Josiah Osgood

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Making Romans in the Family

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This article looks at the Roman family, which was the basic economic and social unit of Roman society. It studies how the family was constituted, and notes that the purpose of marriage in ancient Rome was the creation of children. It discusses the relations between husband and wife and determines that the family was important in shaping the different identities of its members.

Keywords: Roman family; marriage; children; relations; husband; wife; identities

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History ; Marriage and the Family

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