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Author Bannon, Cynthia Jordan.
Title The brothers of Romulus : fraternal Pietas in Roman law, literature, and society / Cynthia J. Bannon.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1997]

Subject Romulus, King of Rome -- Family.
Brothers -- Rome -- Conduct of life.
Interpersonal relations -- Rome.
Brothers in literature.
Kinship (Roman law)
Rome -- Civilization.
Samfundsvidenskab Sociologi.
Description 1 online resource (234 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-212) and indexes.
Contents 1. At Home. Consortium and Fraternal Pietas. Inheritance Practices: Brothers and Sons. Consortium and Brothers' Roles in the Family -- 2. Between Brothers. Biology and Identity. Lovers and Brothers -- 3. In the Form. Fraternal Pietas in Public. Cicero and Quintus: A Case Study. Scipio Africanus and Scipio Asiagenus. Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus -- 4. On the Battlefield. Stipata Cohors: Brothers and the Mos Maiorum. Fraterna Comminus Arma: Brother against Brother. Romulus and Remus Reconsidered -- 5. At the Palace.
Summary Stories about brothers were central to Romans' public and poetic myth making, to their experience of family life, and to their ideas about intimacy among men. Through the analysis of literary and legal representations of brothers, Cynthia Bannon attempts to re-create the context and contradictions that shaped Roman ideas about brothers. She draws together expressions of brotherly love and rivalry around and idealized notion of fraternity - fraternal pietas - the traditional Roman virtue that combined affection and duty in kinship. Romans believed that the relationship between brothers was especially close since their natural kinship made them nearly alter egos. Because of this special status, the fraternal relationship became a model for Romans of relationships between friends, lovers, and soldiers.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1400810892 (electronic bk.)
9781400810895 (electronic bk.)
0691015716 (alk. paper)
9780691015712 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 51615666
Additional Format Print version: Bannon, Cynthia Jordan. Brothers of Romulus. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1997 0691015716 (DLC) 97007562 (OCoLC)36372395