Adoptees and Exposed Children in Roman Declamation: Commodification, Luxury, and the Threat of Violence

@article{Bernstein2009AdopteesAE,
  title={Adoptees and Exposed Children in Roman Declamation: Commodification, Luxury, and the Threat of Violence},
  author={Neil W. Bernstein},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  year={2009},
  volume={104},
  pages={331 - 353}
}
oman declamation generally presents a negative view of attempts to commodify adoptive relationships. The following excerpt from the elder Seneca derisively portrays a hypothetical Roman adoption in the terms of a straightforward market transaction. If the would-be adopter is found to possess adequate capital, both material (bona) and social (maiores), and offers an adequate price (satis magno) for the transaction, then the prospective adoptee will permit himself to be legally relocated from one… Expand
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