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  • ISBN13:9781107404069
  • ISBN10:1107404061
  • Publisher:Cambridge University Press
  • Language:English
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Sub Genre:Europe
  • SUPC: SDL519868877


Brief Description

This book investigates the effects of fatherlessness on the societies, cultures, politics and families of the ancient Mediterranean world.

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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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1. Uniformly excellent . The chapters in this book are very effective reminders of the lasting emotional distress of growing up without a father......... this book represents a welcome attempt to supplement demographic studies of ancient families with investigations of specific situations involving historical actors and literary characters. --AHB Online Review"

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