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The Alternative Augustan Age$
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Josiah Osgood, Kit Morrell, and Kathryn Welch

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190901400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190901400.001.0001

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The Good Wife

The Good Wife

Fate, Fortune, and Familia in Augustan Rome

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The Alternative Augustan Age

Bronwyn Hopwood

Oxford University Press

CIL 6.41062, popularly known as the Laudatio Turiae, records the story of a woman faced with the murder of her father and an attempt to defraud his will. The inscription attests the lawlessness and turmoil that existed in Rome during the civil wars, and efforts to reconstruct Roman society in the aftermath of the younger Caesar’s victory. Since 1863 it has been used to investigate problems of Roman inheritance law and the Augustan marriage legislation. Analysis has focused on what the inscription reveals about compliance and resistance in the triumviral and Augustan ages. This chapter contemplates two legal problems surrounding the identity of the heirs in the laudatio, and illuminates the republican traditions from which Augustus’ laws on marriage, and the rhetoric resisting those laws, developed.

Keywords:   Laudatio Turiae, inheritance, law, Rome, Augustan marriage legislation

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