Women and Law in Late Antiquity (Paperback)
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Women and Law in Late Antiquity (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 19/03/1998
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This is the first comprehensive account of women's legal and social positions in the west from classical antiquity right through to the early middle ages. The main focus of the book is on the late antique period, with constant reference to classical Roman law and the lives of women in the early empire. The book goes on to follow women's history up to the seventh century, thus bridging the notorious gap of the 'dark ages'. Major themes include daughters' succession rights; the independence of married women; sexual relations outside marriage; divorce; remarriage; and the general legal capacity of women. Antti Arjava argues that from the viewpoint of most women, late antiquity was not a period of radical change. In particular, the influence of Christianity has often been considerably exaggerated. It was only after the fall of the Western empire that a new legal system and a new social world emerged.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198152330
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 371 g
Dimensions: 217 x 139 x 18 mm


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a refreshingly cool and clear-eyed take on the topic such as this book presents will always be a most welcome addition to a fast-growing field. This is an interesting and painstakingly thorough study of legal attitudes to women (and female experiences of the law) which quite deliberately takes a broad-brush view of 'late antiquity in its widest possible sense' ... a most informative and fascinating book ... written with exemplary clarity, and considerably easier to read and follow than many on its subject ... this is still a most helpful and approachable treatment of the issue. * Gillian Cloke, The Classical Review *
An excellent book, which provides a full and systematic investigation of an important topic. It is intelligent, careful, and accurate. * Journal of Theological Studies *
A provocative new book . Arjava's book should stimulate discussion and reconsideration of the legal culture of late antiquity. The ideas of his book deserve respectful consideration from scholars who wish to understand the the place of women in late ancient society. - James Brundage - Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies - Jan 1999

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