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Children, Memory, and Family Identity in Roman Culture

Véronique Dasen and Thomas Späth


This book discusses the transmission of social memory and social identities in elite and non-elite families. It provides definitions of the notion of individual and collective memory, and examines the importance of children in the transmission of family tradition and values from the Republican period to the Late Roman world. It deals also with threats to familial memory, in terms of children deliberately or accidentally excluded from the family group. This collection of chapters reveals a multifaceted picture of the Roman family, based on the analysis of material, epigraphical, and literary ev ... More

Keywords: ancestors, children, foster-child, pet-child, family tradition, gender, incest, marriage, memory, collective, social, familial, patria potestas, socialization

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199582570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Véronique Dasen, editor
Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Fribourg

Thomas Späth, editor
Professor of Ancient Cultures and Constructions of Antiquity, University of Bern

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