March 01, 2004
Analysis of Roman epitaphs demonstrates a broader conception of the family than had been previously considered. I am reminded of my favourite chapter of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, a list of thanks that hints at the strength of fictive kin in Roman society.
"If you were a woman and you were 15 years old, you would be married to a man who was 10-15 years older than you. Then, because you had actually succeeded in living that long, you stood a good chance of living until you were 45. In that period you would give birth to five or six children, and half of them would die."
Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 1, 2004 10:30 AM