Blood & kinship : matter for metaphor from ancient Rome to by Christopher H. Johnson, Bernhard Jussen, David Warren

By Christopher H. Johnson, Bernhard Jussen, David Warren Sabean, Simon Teuscher

The observe “blood” awakens historical principles, yet we all know little approximately its old illustration in Western cultures. Anthropologists have usually studied how societies take into consideration the physically components that unite them, and the individuals to this quantity improve these questions in new instructions. Taking a substantially old viewpoint that enhances conventional cultural analyses, they reveal how blood and kinship have consistently been reconfigured in ecu tradition. This quantity demanding situations the concept blood may be understood as a reliable entity, and exhibits how options of blood and kinship moved in either parallel and divergent instructions over the process ecu history.

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Cf. 1. 6. During the second half of the third century, marriage between cousins became possible; see Livy, fragment 12, in Livy, History of Rome, vol. 14, Summaries. Fragments. Julius Obsequens. General Index, trans. A. C. Schlesinger (London and Cambridge, MA, 1959). On Livy, see Maurizio Bettini, Familie und Verwandtschaft im antiken Rom (Frankfurt am Main and New York, 1992), 164–65; Philippe Moreau, Incestus et prohibitae nuptiae. L’inceste à Rome (Paris, 2002), 181–86; Carla Fayer, La familia Romana, vol.

Accordingly, blood ties have to be seen as semen ties, a view that serves to establish the primacy of paternal, agnatic blood in both medical and legal contexts. Yet Pomata leaves aside alternative medical debates on the character of blood as well as the specific implications of legal definitions of Roman kinship, especially those that contradict biological-medical definitions of consanguinitas. Although she briefly admits the existence of contradictory literary evidence, she does not contemplate the actuality that in Latin literature neither the physical character of blood nor its actual transmission by the act of procreation is discussed.

35 provisions of conventio in manum. On agnatio, see Gilbert Hanard, “Observation sur l’adgnatio,” Revue international des droits de l’Antiquité 27 (1980): 169–204, here 177–83. 103. 132. 23. See also Max Kaser, Das römische Privatrecht. Erster Abschnitt: Das altrömische, das vorklassische und klassische Recht, 2nd ed. (Munich, 1971), 65–71; Jane Gardner, Family and Familia in Roman Law and Life (Oxford, 1998), 10–19, 114–208. 23. Yet, if the wife of the paterfamilias had legally become a part of her husband’s familia, the adoptee could claim agnate relations to her as well.

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