World History 1 102 - 7.1 The Daily Life of a Roman Family

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Describe a typical Roman home
  • Discuss gender roles in Roman families
  • Analyze the influence of social class on daily life in Rome

The family was an important element of life during the Roman Empire. The male patriarch was the head of the household, which consisted of the immediate and extended family, as well as adjacent groups, including dependents and enslaved people. While men held ultimate authority in the family, women were also expected to maintain family order, with responsibilities in and often outside the household. Pride in a family’s prosperity was a crucial Roman value, which motivated both the honoring of ancestors and the securing of a future for descendants. Romans looked to their ancestors for examples of correct moral behavior and worked diligently for the family’s continuing stability.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free World History, Volume 1: to 1500 textbook by Openstax