Abstract: Critical approaches to the influence of Johann Jakob Bachofen’s aspect of the reception of Bachofen’s ideas about ancient matriarchy that I will be. There are no works listed on Wikisource for this author. If you’d like to add a new text, please review Help:Adding texts. Johann Jakob Bachofen (–) was a Swiss jurist, student of Greco- Roman antiquity, and anthropologist. Bachofen came from a prominent Basel family.

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Bachofen was the first to challenge seriously the long-established conviction that the monogamous patriarchal family was a datum bachofn nature; instead, he asserted that mother-right had preceded father-right in the evolution of human institutions. He concluded the work by connecting archaic “mother right” with the Christian veneration of the Virgin Mary.

Retrieved from ” https: There was one contemporary of Bachofen who supported his work. It is the first scientific history of the family as a social institution. Next Bachofn Jakob Froberger. He was particularly interested in the nature and proper method of the study of history, a topic that would occupy his thoughts until the end of his life. This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3. Basel, capital of the Halbkanton demicanton of Basel-Stadt with which it is virtually coextensivenorthern Switzerland.


From to he also held an appointment as a judge. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Vachofen. Giraud-Teulon of Geneva is very important for the understanding of this later period of his work. Bachofen’s selected writings are included in Myth, Religion and Mother Right Views Read Edit View history.

Edited by Karl Meuli. It was in these years that he began studying history.

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Bachofen’s model was based on an imaginative interpretation of the existing archaeological evidence of his time, and tells bachofe as much about Bachofen’s own time as it does the past. His suggestion that cultures evolved from early societies dominated by female goddesses and earthly women was novel and exciting.

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In Das Mutterrecht, Bachofen presented the first attempt to advance a scientific history of the family as a social institution and suggested that mother right preceded father right. He was called to the Basel chair for Roman law inbachfen he retired early inand published most of his works as a private scholar.

Their only son was born in While Bachofen was at Berlin, Friedrich von Savigny focused his interest on Roman law bahofen, and the doctoral dissertation he submitted to the University of Basel was in this field The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.


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In other than social scientific circles, Bachofen and L. For discussion of the subsequent development of his ideas, see Kinship. Thank You for Your Contribution! Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Though he based his theorizing on Greek and Roman classics, his previously unpublished manuscripts in his Gesammelte Werke, 10 vol. Bachofen was a professor of the history of Roman law at the University of Basel —45 and also a judge of the Basel criminal court — After completing his doctorate in Basel, he studied for another two years in Paris, London and Cambridge.