Monday, July 04, 2011

Roman Fathers

We have cer­tain ideas about Roman fathers, but those ideas are undoubt­edly wrong, based on mis­un­der­stood bits of leg­endary his­tory and legal codes.

We all know about the patria potes­tas, and the right of life and death over one’s chil­dren. We know about the degraded role of women in soci­ety. And while Roman soci­ety had its flaws, we tend to ignore that Romans were as human as we are and capa­ble of the same affections.

Ter­ence has a few words that speak directly to fathers as we con­ceive of them. Were they tyrants?

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