Pater Familias, Mater Familias, and the Gendered Semantics of the Roman Household

@article{Saller1999PaterFM,
  title={Pater Familias, Mater Familias, and the Gendered Semantics of the Roman Household},
  author={R. Saller},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  year={1999},
  volume={94},
  pages={182 - 197}
}
  • R. Saller
  • Published 1999
  • History
  • Classical Philology
  • F EW LATIN TERMS COME as heavily loaded with conceptual baggage as paterfamilias. In both scholarly and popular discourse, paterfamilias, defined as "head of household," evokes the patriarchal organization characteristic of the Roman family and of the wider society.' Debates over family values in contemporary popular discourse make shorthand (and clumsy) references to the "paterfamilias model" of the family or "the Roman code of Paterfamilias," as if everyone understands the content of that… CONTINUE READING
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    Thanks are due to my colleagues, Shadi Bartsch, Michael Silverstein, and Peter White, and to the referee
    • Patronage in Ancient Society
    • 1989
    For the semantics of the vocabulary of women other than mater familias, see
    • The distinction in women's roles is conveyed in the title of S. Pomeroy's pioneering book, Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves
    • 1972
    Other examples of matresfamilias under threat of violation include Suet