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date: 22 October 2019

adoption 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
Author(s):
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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