CLCIV 478 - Roman Family Law
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Sophomore or above.
May not be repeated for credit.
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During the past two decades, our understanding of the Roman family has been revolutionized by scholars who have sharply questioned the realism of the law that governed these families. Roman law is uncompromising in two main respects: marriage is not only easy to enter, but easy to end, to such an extent that the marriage bond appears too weak to be socially sustainable; on the other hand, the male head of the Roman household (pater familias) has such absolute power over his descendants, no matter their age, as to make them seem little more than his servants. Modern historians have critically reexamined whether these sources amount to what they seem, particularly when they are juxtaposed with literary sources describing Roman private life. This course will take up the debate, allowing students to decide for themselves regarding a lively and on-going dispute. In the process, students will learn how to think about the social implications of legal sources — an issue of some significance also in the modern world.

CLCIV 478 - Roman Family Law
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001 (LEC)
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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