Family Law in Ancient Greece and Rome

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In this course we will examine the laws concerning women, children, and the family in ancient Greece and Rome. We will look generally at laws surrounding patria potestas, domus, and familia in ancient Rome, and at the oikos in ancient Greece, but other more specific topics will be covered as well, including marriage and the dowry, adultery, divorce, widowhood, and prohibited and non-legal unions. Adoption, orphans, inheritance, and the guardianship of women and children will also be explored.

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