Dixon, Suzanne Mary
It is the contention of this work that the defining
characteristic of the Roman mother was not tenderness
but authority. It will be argued, further, that this
authority derived in part from the mother's power of
financial disposition and the general social freedom of
the Roman matron which enabled her to command respect
in her own right both outside and within the family.
The characteristic features of motherhood, as defined
by Roman moralists and tombstone inscriptions, are not
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