The Patriarchal Theory: Based on the Papers of the Late John Ferguson McLennan

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Macmillan and Company, 1885 - Families - 355 pages
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Page 9 - In most of the Greek states and in Rome there long remained the vestiges of an ascending series of groups out of which the state was at first constituted.
Page 10 - ... be natural was nevertheless known to be in great measure artificial. This conflict between belief or theory and notorious fact is at first sight extremely perplexing ; but what it really illustrates is the efficiency with which Legal Fictions do their work in the infancy of society. The...
Page 35 - ... (The effect of the evidence derived from comparative jurisprudence is to establish that view of the primeval condition of the human race which is known as the Patriarchal...
Page 51 - Sclavonians^ supplying the greater part of it; and indeed the difficulty, at the present stage of the inquiry, is to know where to stop, to say of what races of men it is not allowable to lay down that the society in which they are united was originally organised on the patriarchal model.
Page 55 - What was given before the nuptial fire, what was given on the bridal procession, what was given in token of love, and what was received from a brother, a mother, or a father, are considered as the sixfold separate property of a married woman.
Page 7 - We must look on the family as constantly enlarged by the absorption of strangers within its circle, and we must try to regard the fiction of adoption as so closely simulating the reality of kinship that neither law nor opinion makes the slightest difference between a real and an adoptive connexion. On the other hand, the persons theoretically amalgamated into a family by their common descent are practically held together by common obedience to their highest living ascendant, the father, grandfather,...
Page 35 - The points which lie on the surface of the history are these : — The eldest male parent — the eldest ascendant — is absolutely supreme in his household.
Page 184 - The foundation of Agnation is not the marriage of Father and Mother, but the authority of the Father. All persons are Agnatically connected together who are under the same Paternal Power, or who have been under it, or who might have been under it if their ancestor had lived long enough to exercise his empire.
Page 6 - The effect of the evidence derived from comparative jurisprudence is to establish that view of the primeval condition of the human race which is known as the Patriarchal Theory.
Page 67 - Married women must be honoured and adorned by their fathers and brethren, by their husbands, and by the brethren of their husbands, if they seek abundant prosperity.

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