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Mother in Ancient Rome


Raoman StatueMany wives had difficulty in marriage. They were under the rule of their mother-in law. When a couple had children, especially the first boy, the wife would gain a little more authority; but she still had to answer to the mother-in-law's authority. Women had few rights in marriage. A husband could divorce his wife if she did not bear a child or did not bear a son. If there were a divorce, the children would stay with the father. A woman could not divorce her husband. She had few property rights. "She could not inherit all her husband's property after he died, nor could she leave all her money to her children" (Williams 2003, pg. 7).






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