This book explores the practicalities, cultural assumptions, and affective possibilities of marriage during the later Republic and the Principate. It offers a fresh look at the interaction of law and reality within Roman marriage, and builds on the accumulation of legal scholarship in the field, as well as on the the latest insights into Roman society. Treggiari demonstrates that marriage affected a Roman woman's social status, and that while the socio-legal effect on a man was far less striking, marriage did enable a man to father legitimate children, the main object of the institution. The study also addresses the influences on the choice of partner, behavioral norms, and motives for divorce.
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Susan Treggiari is at Stanford University.Review:
"Magisterial....A study of fundamental importance that is required reading for anyone who teachers or writes on Roman society and for historians of the family in other ages as well....A superb culmination of recent advances in knowledge and an obvious point of departure for future work on this theme."--American Historical Review
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