The phrase 'family values' often conjures an image of a close-knit, loving nuclear family. How real is this vision of the model family, and has it ever existed in history? Ancient Romans, just as we are today, were anxious about the moral decline of the family, fearful of children's disobedience and querulous about a woman's place in the home. Richard Saller brings a thoughtful and lively insight into the history of the family, encouraging us to examine carefully our assumptions and aspirations of an ideal family life. Copyright 2001 The University of Chicago.