B. Rawson et P. Weaver (éd.), The Roman family in Italy. Status, sentiment, space, Oxford, 1997.

B. Rawson et P. Weaver (éd.), The Roman family in Italy. Status, sentiment, space, Oxford, 1997.


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Ce livre fait partie de la bibliographie indicative pour la nouvelle question d’Histoire ancienne pour le CAPES et l’Agrégation disponible sur ce blog.


  • Présentation de l’éditeur : 


  • The family in Rome is a key concept in research and teaching. There is fertile ground for such exploration in the Ancient Roman world which is the best documented of pre-modern times.
  • Contributions cover a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, and classics.
  • Visual and material evidence play an important role.

The family continues to be seen as a central institution in Roman as well as modern, Western society. The Roman family is often used as a stereotype, sometimes of severity, sometimes of decadence, with its decline often cited as a cause of wider decline and fall. Definitions and concepts continue to be modified and nuanced, however, as the availability of new evidence and new methodologies make possible a much less simplistic picture. In this volume, the study of family draws on a wide range of disciplines to develop the intertwined themes of status, sentiment, and space. For example, on status there are contributions about Junian Latins and a survey of senators’ monuments, while sentiment is represented by a gloomy but convincing picture of old age and a paper on the sentimental ideal which argues that conflict as well as concord is a feature of family life. Space is represented, among others, by the contribution on who commemorates whom in Roman Italy, pointing up the regional variations in custom and the difficulties in tracing complete families. The final contributions focus on the house: how people lived in the Roman house, the use of rooms, and the artefacts that might indicate this use.

The book makes use of many types of evidence from the legal and literary to the iconographical and archaeological. Visual and material evidence play an important role in reconstructing real lives in considerable colour and variety. The book moves beyond the city of Rome to the rest of Roman Italy and even into the provinces, just as Roman culture moved outwards and mingled with other cultures. Chronologically too there are new directions, towards the later Empire and Christianity. So, although the contributors do not abandon any of the territory already gained in Rome, nor literary and epigraphical sources, nor the late Republic or early Empire, there is an exciting sense of new discovery.

Edited by Beryl Rawson, Professor of Classics and Head of Department, Australian National University, and Paul Weaver, Emeritus Professor, University of Tasmania

L’introduction est en ligne et un aperçu est disponible sur Google Books.


Penelope Allison: Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Sydney
Suzanne Dixon: Reader in Classics and Ancient History, University of Queensland
Werner Eck: Professor of Ancient History, Institut für Alterumskunde, University of Cologne
Paul Gallivan: Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Tasmania
Jane Gardner: Professor of Classics, University of Reading
Peter Garnsey: Fellow of Jesus College, and Reader in Ancient History, University of Cambridge
Michele George: Professor of Classics, McMaster University
Janet Huskinson: Senior Lecturer, The Open University, UK
Lisa Nevett: Lecturer, The Open University, UK
Hanne Sigismund Nielsen: Research Fellow, Aarhus University
Tim Parkin: Senior Lecturer in Classics, Victoria University of Wellington
Beryl Rawson: Professor of Classics, Australian National University
Richard Saller: Professor of History and Classics, University of Chicago
Paul Weaver: Emeritus Professor, University of Tasmania and Visiting Fellow in Classics, ANU
Peter Wilkins: Research Fellow in Classics, University of Tasmania



  • Sommaire : 

Introduction, Beryl Rawson & Paul Weaver
Roman Kinship: Structure and Sentiment, Richard Saller
Legal Stumbling-Blocks for Lower-Class Families in Rome, Jane Gardner
Children of Junian Latins, Paul Weaver
Rome and the Outside World: Senatorial Families and the World They Lived In, Werner Eck
Sons, Slaves and Christians, Peter Garnsey
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Elderly Members of the Roman Family, Tim Parkin
Conflict in the Roman Family, Suzanne Dixon
Interpreting Epithets in Roman Epitaphs, Hanne S. Nielsen
The Iconography of Roman Childhood, Beryl Rawson
Iconography: Another Perspective, Janet Huskinson
Roman Familial Structures: A Regional Approach, Paul Gallivan and Peter Wilkins
Perceptions of Domestic Space in Roman Italy, Lisa Nevett
Repopulating the Roman House, Michele George
Artefact Distribution and Spatial Function in Pompeian Houses, Penelope Allison


Pour en savoir plus, voir notamment le site de l’éditeur.



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