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After Caesar’s assassination in 44 BCE, Octavian was renamed Gaius Julius Caesar, and is known to history as “Augustus,” the honorific that was awarded by the Roman Senate in 27 BCE. He reigned as Rome’s first emperor for nearly forty-one years, providing exactly the stability that Julius Caesar had intended in adopting him. 1057/9781137333919 36 Adoption: A Brief Social and Cultural History The imperial precedent that Julius set was followed by many of his successors, including Augustus himself, who outlived several potential heirs and resorted to, a whole stream of adoptions: by himself of Tiberius, his stepson .

19 Abram may or may not have adopted Eliezer, or contemplated doing so (Genesis 15:2–3). The children born to servants of Sara and Rachel and “given” to Abram and Jacob may or may not have been subsequently adopted (Genesis 16:2 and 30:3). Perhaps Jacob was adopted by the sonless Laban, perhaps not (Genesis 29–31). ” Tribal consciousness and the practice of polygamy made adoption less needful in the effort to ensure heirship and family continuity. Adoption occasionally figured as a biblical metaphor, signifying the relationship between God and the kings of Israel.

Rennefur found a guardian for the two daughters in her own younger brother, Padiu. Formalizing the arrangement, Rennefur adopted Padiu, who in turn married one of the young women. Thus Padiu became at once Rennefur’s son and her son-in-law. Furthermore, since Nebnufer had adopted Rennefur, the young brother-in-law now became both Rennefur’s son and grandson by adoption. ” Rennefur’s story has the plot twists of a French bedroom farce; most adoptions in ancient Egypt were less sensational in their details.

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