Growing Up Fatherless in Antiquity

Growing Up Fatherless in Antiquity

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Cambridge University Press, 2/19/2009
EAN 9780521490504, ISBN10: 0521490502

Hardcover, 350 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

As the changes in the traditional family accelerated toward the end of the twentieth century, a great deal of attention came to focus on fathers, both modern and ancient. While academics and politicians alike singled out the conspicuous and growing absence of the modern father as a crucial factor affecting contemporary family and social dynamics, ancient historians and classicists have rarely explored ancient father-absence, despite the likelihood that nearly a third of all children in the ancient Mediterranean world were fatherless before they turned fifteen. The proportion of children raised by single mothers, relatives, step-parents, or others was thus at least as high in antiquity as it is today. This book assesses the wide-ranging impact high levels of chronic father-absence had on the cultures, politics, and families of the ancient world.

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Note on abbreviations
1. Fatherless antiquity? Perspectives on 'fatherlessness' in the ancient Mediterranean Sabine R. Hübner and David M. Ratzan
Part I. Coping with Demographic Realities
2. The demographic background Walter Scheidel
3. Oedipal complexities Mark Golden
4. Callirhoe's dilemma
remarriage and stepfathers in the Graeco-Roman east Sabine R. Hübner
5. 'Without father, without mother, without genealogy'
fatherlessness in the Old and New Testaments Marcus Sigismund
Part II. Virtual Fatherlessness
6. Bastardy and fatherlessness in ancient Greece Daniel Ogden
7. Fatherlessness and formal identification in Roman Egypt Myrto Malouta
Part III. Roles without Models
8. Diomedes, the fatherless hero of the Iliad Louise Pratt
9. Sons (and daughters) without fathers
fatherlessness in the Homeric epics Georg Wöhrle
10. Absent Roman fathers in the writings of their daughters
Cornelia and Sulpicia Judith P. Hallett
Part IV. Rhetoric of Loss
11. The disadvantages and advantages of being fatherless
the case of Sulla Sabine Müller
12. An imperial family man
Augustus as surrogate father to Marcus Antonius' children Ann-Cathrin Harders
13. Cui parens non erat maximus quisque et uetustissimus pro parente
parental surrogates in imperial Roman literature Neil W.Bernstein
14. The education of orphans
a reassessment of the evidence of Libanius Raffaella Cribiore
15. 'Woe to those making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless'
Christian ideals and the obligations of stepfathers in late antiquity Geoffrey Nathan