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Family Empires, Roman and Christian: Vol. 1: Roman Family Empires: Household, Empire, Resistance
Elliott, Susan M.

Salem, OR: Polebridge, 2018 pp. xii + 337. Volume 1 $27.00

Description: In this first of two volumes of Roman Family Empires: Household, Empire, Resistance, Dr. Elliott examines the Roman household form as it was changing during the Augustan era. Augustus relied on his version of that family form to establish his one-man rule of the empire. Dr. Elliott lays out several forms of resistance to the Roman empire and the family model on which it was built. She closes with a reading of Paulís letter to Philemon considering the many viewpoints in the room as the letter was read. Her reading reveals a complex negotiation of accommodation and resistance to the Roman family empire and its slave-owning households.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Philemon, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, History of Religions, Ideological Critique

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Review by Caroline Johnson Hodge
Published 5/9/2019
Citation: Caroline Johnson Hodge, review of Susan M. (Elli) Elliott, Family Empires, Roman and Christian: Vol. 1: Roman Family Empires: Household, Empire, Resistance, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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