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 his work stimulated much research and writing, the data did not bear out bacohfen theories. His masterwork Das Mutterrecht was published inbut it went mostly unnoticed.

Bachofen, Johann Jakob

His work brought attention to the religious veneration of goddesses such as Aphrodite and Demeterprominent in ancient cultures. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Thank You for Your Contribution! A fuller edited English edition in several bachocen is being published. Bachofen came from a prominent Basel family that, from the early eighteenth century, had bachkfen great wealth in the silk industry.

He undertook several long journeys to ItalyFranceSpainand Greecewhere he studied ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Italy comprises some of the most varied and scenic landscapes on Earth and is often described as a country shaped like a boot.

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After finishing high school with honors, Bachofen went on to study law and sciences in the universities of Berlin and Gottingen. Bachfen can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.


Giraud-Teulon of Geneva is very important for the understanding of this later period of his work. There was a problem with your submission. Thank you for your feedback.

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His suggestion that cultures evolved from early societies dominated by female goddesses and earthly women was novel and exciting. Credits New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards.

The published volumes of a projected ten-volume publication. Bachofen’s Das Mutterrecht proposed four phases of cultural evolution which absorbed each other:. Modern Language Association http: January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Bachofen’s model was based on an imaginative interpretation of the existing archaeological evidence of his time, and tells us as much about Bachofen’s own time as it does the past.

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Johann Jakob Bachofen

While philologists rejected his work because from their point of view it lacked both theoretical rigor and accuracy, ethnologists immediately appreciated the importance of his discovery of matriarchy. Roman lawanthropology. He was made professor of the history of Roman law at the University of Basel inserving in that position until After completing his doctorate in Basel, he studied for another two years in Paris, London and Cambridge.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Help us improve this article! The modern study of kinship can be traced back to midth-century interests in comparative legal institutions and philology. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Greece, the southernmost of the countries of the Balkan Peninsula.


It was in these years that he began studying history. Alexis Giraud-Teulon, an anthropologist from Genevawas a great admirer of his ideas jakoh the importance of matriarchies in ancient societies. A comprehensive assessment of his contributions is only now becoming possible, with the preparation of a critical edition of his Gesammelte Werke by Karl Meuli.

Johann Jakob Bachofen’s seminal work Mother Right presented a radically new view of the role of women in a broad range of ancient societies. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Kinship, system of social organization based on real or putative family ties.

Politics and social sciences Anthropologists Credited. Das Mutterrecht, Copyright The Columbia University Press. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Basel, capital of the Halbkanton demicanton of Basel-Stadt with which it is virtually coextensivenorthern Switzerland.

The total land area of Greece one-fifth of which is made up of…. He postulated an evolutionary sequence of symbolical, mythical, and logical modes of thought. Antiquarische Briefe, — Though he based his theorizing on Greek and Roman classics, his previously unpublished manuscripts in his Gesammelte Werke, 10 vol. He was bachoffen 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. In other than social scientific circles, Bachofen and L.

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