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Lecture 13

Lecture 13: Roman Women

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Department
Classics
Course
CLA231H1
Professor
Glenn Wilkinson
Semester
Fall

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Roman Women Wives  Marriage cum manu o Marriage with a hand o Dominant in early periods o Transferred the power of the father to her husband o Legal status like that of a daughter o Could not own property o Could not start a divorce o Became one of the husband’s legitimate heirs  Marriage sine manu o Marriage without a hand o 3 century BCE onward o Remained with her parent’s potestas instead of a transfer o If her father had died, she was emancipated o Emancipated wives could own property and divorce o Her father’s heir and not her husbands o Had overall much more freedom o Women who were under no power needed a manager rd th  By the 3 of 4 century BCE, marriage cum manu disappeared  The “Laud
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