Roman Families: A Central Focus
In Rome, families were very important. Family units were central to Roman life. These families consisted of a father, mother, all unmarried children, and any servants or slaves.
In a Roman family, the father had the final say in all decisions. He decided how money would be spent, what property would be purchased or sold, and could even sell family members into slavery, or have them killed.
Women ran the household and had the right to shop at the market, and were well respected in society. Some wealthy women could own property.
Romans taught their children to be loyal to their families and to the republic. They also taught them to have high moral values, to treat others with fairness, and to be respectful.