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I. The Period Anterior to the Abolition of the Monarchy

From: The History of Rome, by Theodor Mommsen
Translated with the sanction of the author by William Purdie Dickson

The History of Old Rome

CHAPTER V - The Original Constitution of Rome


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The Roman House ||| The House-father and His Household ||| Family and Clan (-Gens-) ||| Dependents of the Household ||| The Roman Community ||| The King ||| The Community ||| Equality of the Burgesses ||| Burdens of the Burgesses ||| Rights of the Burgesses ||| The Senate ||| Prerogatives of the Senate. The "Interregnum" ||| The Senate and the Resolutions of the Community: "Patrum Auctoritas" ||| The Senate as State-Council ||| The Original Constitution of Rome

The Roman House

Father and mother, sons and daughters, home and homestead, servants and chattels--such are the natural elements constituting the household in all cases, where polygamy has not obliterated the distinctive position of the mother. But the nations that have been most susceptible of culture have diverged widely from each other in their conception and treatment of the natural distinctions which the household thus presents. By some they have been apprehended and wrought out more profoundly, by others more superficially; by some more under their moral, by others more under their legal aspects. None has equalled the Roman in the simple but inexorable embodiment in law of the principles pointed out by nature herself.

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