oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The legal position of Roman women : a dissenting perspective

Volume 12 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



Extracted from text ... In pre-classical Roman law, when adult Roman women either fell under the manus of their husbands or under strict tutela mulierum, their commercial participation was very limited. However, this position changed radically in classical and post-classical Roman law as the marriage cum manu was replaced by free marriage and the tutela mulierum became an institution of mere form, without any notable content. However, many classicists and feminist scholars have an overly negative perception of the legal position of Roman women.

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