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Intergenerational Equity in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Egypt (4thc. B.C. - 7thc. A.D.)

Final Activity Report Summary - GENERATIONAL EQUITY (Intergenerational Equity in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Egypt (4thc. B.C. - 7thc. A.D.))

The main research result of this project is a monograph on 'The family in Roman Egypt, a comparative approach to solidarity and conflict' (Cambridge University Press, 2011). It is the first substantial and authoritative analysis of household life-cycles and intergenerational interactions ever attempted, starting from an urgent topic of debate in the contemporary world - how the increasingly aging population aim to be supported.

It is the first study in monograph form that explicitly deals with family life in Roman Egypt, which is surprising in view of the region's abundance of documentary sources which provide us with fascinating information about family life below the social and political elite, and the variations between urban and rural families. Dr Huebner explored further aspects of this subject in article form, such as the peculiar endogamous marriage pattern, the practice of adoption, or the implications of remarriage and the blending of two families.