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Adoption in the Roman world
Hugh Lindsay.

Published 2009 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, UK, New York .
Written in English.

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"Adoption in other cultures and other times provides a background to understanding the operation of adoption in the Roman worlds. This book considers the relationship of adoption to kinship structures in the Greek and Roman world. It considers the procedures for adoption followed by a separate analysis of testamentary cases, and the impact of adoption on nomenclature. The impact of adoption on inheritance arrangements is considered, including an account of how the families of freedmen were affected. Its use as a mode of succession at Rome is detailed, and this helps to understand the anxiety of childless Romans to procure a son through adoption, rather than simply to nominate heirs in their wills. The strategy also had political uses, and importantly it was used to rearrange natural succession in the imperial family. The book concludes with political adoptions, looking at the detailed case studies of Clodius and Octavian"--Provided by publisher.

"This is a book about the social and political impact of adoption in the Roman world, with the main emphasis on the period from the Gracchi to Hadrian, and a primary interest in its operation in Rome and Italy. It has a different focus from the work of Olli Salomies (1992) which concerns itself with adoptive and polyonomous nomenclature, with a special focus on the imperial period. It has some common ground with Jane Gardner's works, especially Family and Familia in Roman Law and Life (1998), although it is on the whole less legal, and more concerned with the practical operation of adoption in different situations"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

Adoption, kinship and the family : cross-cultural perspectives
Kinship in Greece and Rome
Greek adoptions : comparisons and possible influences on the Roman world
Procedural aspects of Roman adoption
The testamentary adoption
Roman nomenclature after adoption
Adoption and inheritance
Roman freedmen and their families : the use of adoption
Adoption in Plautus and Terence
Sallust and the adoption of Jugurtha
Adrogatio and adoptio from Republic to Empire
Testamentary adoptions : a review of some known cases
Political adoptions in the Republic
Clodius and his adoption
The adoption of Octavian
Political adoption in the early Empire at Rome, Pompeii and Ostia; the imperial family.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


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HV875.58.R57 L56 2009

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