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Sunday, August 11, 2013

S. Huebner, The Family in Roman Egypt

The Family in Roman Egypt

A Comparative Approach to Intergenerational Solidarity and Conflict

AUTHOR: Sabine R. Huebner
Cambridge University Press

Product details
PUBLISHED: No date available
FORMAT: Hardback
ISBN: 9781107011137
LENGTH: 272 pages
DIMENSIONS: 234 x 155 x 23 mm
WEIGHT: 0.55kg
CONTAINS: 2 b/w illus. 1 map 2 tables
AVAILABILITY: Not yet published - available from September 2013

This study captures the dynamics of the everyday family life of the common people in Roman Egypt, a social strata that constituted the vast majority of any pre-modern society but rarely figures in ancient sources or in modern scholarship. The documentary papyri and, above all, the private letters and the census returns provide us with a wealth of information on these people not available for any other region of the ancient Mediterranean. The book discusses such things as family composition and household size and the differences between urban and rural families, exploring what can be ascribed to cultural patterns, economic considerations and/or individual preferences by setting the family in Roman Egypt into context with other pre-modern societies where families adopted such strategies to deal with similar exigencies of their daily lives.
Table of Contents

1. Intergenerational solidarity and family support networks in cross-cultural perspective
2. Household structures, marriage patterns and inheritance strategies
3. Balancing benefits and obligations – parents and children over the life course
4. Widowhood, remarriage and residence patterns
5. Growing old in the household
6. The patriarchal household and the incoming daughter-in-law
7. Childless old age – the worst of all fates?
8. Conclusions.