All Ancient History: Rome Resources
Example Question #1 : Arts And Culture
In Roman culture, who was known as the head of a family?
the family slave
the emperor was the head of every family in the empire
the church leaders
The Pater familia was a legal entity governing over the individual family. The emperor was not considered the head of the family, nor were church leaders. By eliminating these two incorrect options, we decide between the father or the mother as the head of the family. Remember that in ancient Rome, the father represented not only the head of a family, but was designated by the state to be in charge.