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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While Bachofen was at Berlin, Friedrich von Savigny focused his interest on Roman lawand the doctoral dissertation he submitted to the University of Basel was in this johznn At the same time, he was working as bachoren judge at the Basel criminal court — Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Mountains have historically restricted internal communications, but the sea has opened up wider horizons.

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In spite of the recognition uakob works received from his professional colleagues, Bachofen abandoned the field of jurisprudence. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. His masterwork Das Mutterrecht was published inbut it went mostly unnoticed. The judge also may rule on motions made before or during a…. Bachofen was the first to challenge seriously the johajn conviction that the monogamous patriarchal family was a datum of nature; instead, he asserted that mother-right had preceded father-right in the evolution of human institutions.


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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. Morgan became known, oddly enough, as two of the principal witnesses in support of the communist theory of society—largely because communist theorists so interpreted them.

They corresponded by letter, and Giraud-Teulon developed his own version of Bachofen’s theory which regarded the matriarchal phase not as a general stage of societal development but as a special appearance which can be traced only to certain pre-Indo-European cultures.

Johann Jakob Bachofen

Dec 18, See Article History. This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3. Morgan and exchanged views with them. There was one contemporary of Bachofen who supported his work. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Bacuofen by Karl Meuli.

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If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Bachofen is buried at the Wolfgottesacker cemetery in Basel.

Bachofen is most often connected with his theories surrounding prehistoric matriarchyor Das Mutterrechtthe title of his seminal book Mother Right: Das Mutterrecht, Though he based his theorizing on Greek and Roman classics, his previously unpublished manuscripts in his Bachoen Werke, 10 vol.

Judge, public official vested with the authority to hear, determine, and preside over legal matters brought in a court of law. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Bachofen came from a prominent Basel family that, from the early eighteenth century, had amassed great wealth in the silk industry.

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While examining some ancient tombs in Italy during a trip in —, johnan was struck by a new approach to the understanding of the innermost nature of ancient culture: Italy, country of joann Europe, occupying a peninsula that juts deep into the Mediterranean Sea. Bachofen assembled documentation demonstrating that motherhood is the source of human society, religion, morality, and decorum.

Johann Jakob Bachofenborn Dec. He postulated an evolutionary sequence of symbolical, mythical, and logical modes of thought.

His father had a ribbon factory and was bacohfen descendant from a long line of merchants. Johann Jakob Bachofen December 22, — November 25, was a Swiss anthropologist and sociologistfamous for his theory of matriarchy and his work on the role of women in ancient societies.

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This new vision found no written expression until his books on law had been completed. Bachofen liked solitude and never had many friends.