The marriage alliance in the roman elite

Dixon S. (1985) The marriage alliance in the roman elite. Journal of Family History, 10 4: 353-378. doi:10.1177/036319908501000402


Author Dixon S.
Title The marriage alliance in the roman elite
Journal name Journal of Family History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-5473
Publication date 1985-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/036319908501000402
Volume 10
Issue 4
Start page 353
End page 378
Total pages 26
Subject 3314 Anthropology
1201 Architecture
3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Abstract Elite marriage in Rome in the late Republic and early Empire was contracted between noble houses of equivalent status, often for immediate political gains. Contrary to views advanced by some scholars, spouses nonetheless entertained strong expectations of conjugal loyalty and happiness but marriage was relatively fragile. Power was vested in the older generation rather than men as such. A separate matrimonial regime was usually maintained during marriage and dowry was essentially recoverable on divorce or widowhood. Upper class women were therefore relatively independent although they subordinated individual preference to corporate interests. Their primary loyalty was to their natalkin but they observed the obligation to redistribute their dowry and patrimony in the following generation to their children, who belonged to the father's lineage.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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