Family values in the Roman empire centered on an all-powerful father-owner-master of each household and of the empire itself. Many imperial subjects, including early Christians, resisted this form of family. Elliott’s review of first-century struggles over family values offers insights for understanding similar conflicts today.
Susan M. Elliott, Family Empires, Roman and Christian, Vol. I: Roman Family Empires: Household, Empire, Resistance (Polebridge: Salem, OR, 2018). ISBN 9781598152074
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“A fascinating and readable account of social structure of the household and the empire in antiquity …”
—Joanna Dewey, Professor Emerita, Episcopal Divinity School
“Compelling and persuasive … Elliott refocuses our understanding of the Roman Empire and moves us beyond imaginings of jackbooted imperial storm troopers to a deeper awareness of the Romans.” —Christine Shea, Ball State University
“A full, well-written and original overview on a very important topic…” —Hal Taussig, Union Theological Seminary, New York
"In this groundbreaking volume Elliott invites us to re-think the intersectional registers of Empire and household in the first centuries of the Common Era. Through close scrutiny of material, legal and textual sources, Elliott identifies Roman Family Empires as simultaneously loci of accommodation and resistance. She then explores the complex negotiations implicit to navigating this nexus. Elliott's multifaceted approach, at once, reconfigures and richly elucidates the household dynamics refracted in Christian Scripture. As importantly, her work retains the potential to fundamentally change how students and scholars engage the longer trajectory of Greco-Roman, and ultimately Christian history, as a whole." – Lillian I. Larsen, University of Redlands