Ancient History: Rome : Arts and Culture

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Example Questions

Example Question #18 : Ancient History: Rome

In Roman culture, who was known as the head of a family?

Possible Answers:

the emperor was the head of every family in the empire

the church leaders

Pater familias

Matra familia

the family slave

Correct answer:

Pater familias


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.  

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