The Roman Family in the Empire: Rome, Italy, and Beyond by Michele George

By Michele George

This quantity includes a sequence of articles that study the Roman relatives in Italy and the empire utilizing quite a lot of facts and contemplating a few severe concerns. Its specialise in neighborhood changes in relations constitution, types of marriage, and kinship styles make it the 1st book to incorporate particular learn of the relatives within the Roman provinces. The chapters disguise Roman Egypt, Judaea, Spain, Gaul, North Africa, and Pannonia, and utilize either traditional textual assets and epigraphic proof and fabric that's much less usually handled, together with the scientific writers and the Justinianic receipts.

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It is intended to shock the audience, much as the abrupt introduction of Sulla’s freedman Chrysogonus had been, in the speech on behalf of Roscius at the start of Cicero’s career (S. Rosc. ). Like Chrysogonus or Clodia in the speech for Caelius,32 Sassia is the sinister figure who stage-manages the prosecution. The passage begins calmly, in what sounds like an ordinary sketch of the client’s background. His father was an eminent man in Larinum. He died in , when Cluentius was  and his sister marriageable.

Consul , was exiled . Q. Caecilius Metellus Numidicus (exiled , recalled late ) had a young son, Q. Metellus Pius (the future praetor of /, consul ); his cousins the ex-consuls L. Metellus Diadematus (consul , censor , with his son Q. Celer) and C. Metellus  Susan Treggiari The orator in lament or complaint, conquestio, to evoke pity, was advised (among other things) to detail the pleasure he had taken in a dead son, to deplore separation from loved ones, to commend his children or parents to the audience, to claim that he grieved for his loved ones’ suffering, not his own (Inv.

Cf. Fin. . , Tusc. . , Off. . ; D. . . . ; Treggiari : –. 3 Discussed further in Treggiari, forthcoming a. g. Rep. . , Treggiari, forthcoming b. Cicero on Natural Affection  nearest and dearest spills over into the public sphere, where he is observed by outsiders. When Aeneas took his father on his shoulders and his son by the hand to get them out of burning Troy, he was behaving like a proper leader. The family conduct or irregular sex-lives of emperors mattered to the overall assessment.

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