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date: 19 October 2019

widows 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Author(s):
Antti ArjavaAntti Arjava

In all Mediterranean societies, widows had a twofold status: they were thought to face poverty and need special protection from the state or Church, while they also enjoyed considerable social freedom. The Church discouraged remarriage, but it remained permissible and common everywhere. In the post-Roman kingdoms, widows were still deemed self-governing, while married women had lost most of their former independence.... ...

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