Families, Households, and Children

Myrto Malouta

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571451
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191750540 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Families, Households, and Children

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More than any other part of the Roman empire, Egypt offers data such as census returns, contracts, and tax receipts that reveal much about family relationships and household structures — but also raise a number of questions and may present some situations unique to Egypt. This article draws chiefly on papyrological sources to discuss family matters in Roman Egypt, but also incorporates some of the archaeological and art-historical evidence. It covers marriage and divorce; houses and households; and reproduction, parents, and children.

Keywords: Roman Egypt; family; marriage; divorce; households; reproduction; parents; children

Article.  8227 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology of the Near East ; Egyptian Archaeology

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