Blood and Kinship: matter for metaphor from Ancient Rome to by Christopher H. Johnson, Bernhard Jussen, David Warren

By Christopher H. Johnson, Bernhard Jussen, David Warren Sabean, Simon Teuscher

The note "blood" awakens old rules, yet we all know little approximately its old illustration in Western cultures. Anthropologists have regularly studied how societies take into consideration the physically ingredients that unite them, and the individuals to this quantity increase these questions in new instructions. Taking a notably historic point of view that enhances conventional cultural analyses, they exhibit how blood and kinship have continually been reconfigured in ecu tradition. This quantity demanding situations the concept blood will be understood as a good entity, and indicates how suggestions of blood and kinship moved in either parallel and divergent instructions over the process ecu historical past.

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The Parentalia, the most important festival, which entailed sacrificial offerings to the ancestral dead, took place at the end of February. Unlike the Lemuria, a festival to appease the spirits of the dead, the Parentalia did not contain any apotropaic aspects; the agnatic divi parentum, the spirits of the parentes, were considered benevolent: Only if a son were to act against his father, would that son forfeit the grace of his ancestors’ spirits. Another aspect of family cult that strengthened the position of the paterfamilias was the worshipping of the pater’s genius.

On the composition of New York’s elite see Frederic Cople Jaher, “NineteenthCentury Elites in Boston and New York,” Journal of Social History 6 (1972): 32–77, esp. 45–46, 61, and 67–68 on Edith Wharton and other commentators on social life. 3. 14). 4. Cf. Aloys Winterling, Politics and Society in Imperial Rome (London, 2009), 9–34, on the interdependency between political career and social rank. 5. Cf. Ann-Cathrin Harders, Suavissima Soror. Untersuchungen zu den Bruder-SchwesterBeziehungen in der römischen Republik (Munich, 2008), 318–21.

Roman aristocrats who operated in this network were at once confirmed as a group of peers and secluded socially from the lower ranks of society. 34 Strains on aristocratic cohesion, however, as well as the beginning of the disintegration of the Roman elite during the third and second centuries BCE, coincided with changes in Roman marriage regulations. There is not enough source material to reconstruct precisely the relationship between changes in the building of kinship groups and in socio-political structures during the Roman Republic, but it is known that during the third century BCE, marriage restrictions were relaxed up to the fourth 26 Blood & Kinship degree, thereby allowing first cousins to marry.

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