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date: 14 July 2020


The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
Mark GoldenMark Golden, Adolf BergerAdolf Berger, Barry NicholasBarry Nicholas, Susan M. TreggiariSusan M. Treggiari

Greeks counted on their heirs for support in old *age, and for continuation of their oikoi (families) and tendance of their tombs after death. But high mortality ensured that many had no surviving children. Adoption was a common recourse, probably encouraged by the great variation in fertility characteristic of populations with unreliable means of ...Adoptio is a legal act by which a Roman citizen enters another family and comes under the patria potestas (paternal authority) of its chief. Since only a ... ...

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