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The term Haustafel, “domestic code,” refers to a list of the various duties and responsibilities of the members of a household. Such lists appear in ancient ethical literature and set out the appropriate behavior toward gods, the state, friends, other members of the household, and outsiders. Content, form, and function vary considerably; domestic codes appear in the unwritten laws of Greek popular culture (Aesch. Supplices 701–709), in various philosophical traditions (Cic. Off. 1.17.58; Sen. Ep. 94.1; Ps-Plut. Moralia 7e; Hierocles Stoicus), Hellenistic …

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Fitzgerald, John T., “Haustafel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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