History: paterfamilias

Posted on Sun 27 March 2022 in history

The paterfamilias was the male leader and figurehead of the Italian family unit. The paterfamilias was thought to have absolute power over the family and was even considered to have the right to execute his children, though this rarely occurred. The paterfamilias passed from father to sons, upon death, and could be seen as a type of low-level regional government.