Women and the Law in the Roman Empire: A Sourcebook on Marriage, Divorce and Widowhood, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women and the Law in the Roman Empire

A Sourcebook on Marriage, Divorce and Widowhood, 1st Edition

By Judith Evans Grubbs


376 pages

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It is widely recognized that Roman law is an important source of information about women in the Roman world, and can present a more rounded and accurate picture than literary sources. This sourcebook fully exploits the rich legal material of the imperial period - from Augustus (31 BCE - 14 CE) to the end of the western Roman Empire (476 CE), incorporating both pagan and Christian eras, and explaining the rights women held under Roman law, the restrictions to which they were subject, and legal regulations on marriage, divorce and widowhood.


'This book … avoids the pitfall of some other source books where lack of context inhibits the student's ability to understand the ramifications of selected extracts.' - Journal of Roman Studies

'Exceptionally useful as a core text as well as a reference guide it will be a valuable part of allteaching and research collections devoted of the study of women and the

family in antiquity.' - BMCR

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Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies