Discusses reasons for the changing balance of power between the sexes, drawing on the role of women in ancient Rome as an example. Following a period of strong male domination, a dramatic change in the situation of women can be observed in the direction of more equality during stabilization of the Roman Empire in the first and second centuries B.C. The effects of women's stronger position were felt far into the next centuries, extending to the early Middle Ages in some areas. Material and social conditions for this shift of power between men and women are outlined and parallels drawn with contemporary changes in sex roles. (Journal/M.K. - ZPID)

source: Psyndex