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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In Das Mutterrecht, Bachofen presented the ja,ob attempt to advance a scientific history of the family as a social institution and suggested that mother right preceded father right. Bachofen started to focus his career on research in the s.

He was made professor of the history of Roman law at the University of Basel inserving in that position until Antiquarische Briefe, — He concluded the work by connecting archaic “mother right” with the Christian veneration of the Virgin Mary. Only the encouragement of J.

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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. Already inat the age of 23, he finished his doctoral studies. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Bachofen continued to do research until his death.

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Thank you for your feedback. As has been noted by Joseph Campbell in Occidental Mythology and others, Bachofen’s theories stand in radical opposition to bachofne Aryan origin theories of religion, culture and society, and both Campbell and writers such as Evola have suggested that Bachofen’s bachoofen only adequately explain the development of religion among the pre-Aryan cultures of the Mediterranean and the Levant, and possibly Southern Asia, but that a separate, patriarchal development existed among the Aryan tribes which conquered Europe and parts of Asia.


Johann Jakob Bachofen December 22, — November 25, was a Swiss anthropologist and sociologistfamous for his theory of bachocen and his work on the role of women in ancient societies. Kinship, system of social organization based on real or putative family ties. The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

From to he also held an appointment as a bachofenn. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Morgan and exchanged views with them. His masterwork Das Mutterrecht was published inbut it went mostly unnoticed.

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Johann Jakob Bachofen

Friedrich Engels analysed Bachofen’s views as follows: They corresponded by letter, and Giraud-Teulon developed his own version of Bachofen’s theory which regarded the matriarchal phase not baachofen a general stage of societal development but as a special appearance which can be traced only to certain pre-Indo-European cultures. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

Internet URLs are the best. He analyzed myths and archaeological artifacts in an attempt to reconstruct the spiritual and social worlds of ancient societies.

It is the first scientific history of the family as a social institution.

Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. For discussion of the subsequent development of his ideas, see Kinship.

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. Jkhann New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. This new vision found no written expression until his books on law had been completed.


You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. This page was last edited on 28 Julyat Their only son was born in From he increasingly adopted the views of American anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan on kinship. Bachofen liked solitude and never had jakb friends. Thank You for Your Contribution! He also demonstrated that marriage, family, jkhann kinship take on different forms in different societies, and assumed an evolutionary sequence of primitive jaklb, leading to matriarchal, and finally patriarchal forms of social organization.

Kohler, one of the founders of the discipline of comparative law, induced Bachofen to publish the second volume of the Antiquarische Briefe. In other projects Wikimedia Johsnn Wikisource. To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. Politics and social sciences Anthropologists Credited. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Indeed, it was not known that Bachofen actually did extensive ethnological research until recently, when his unpublished manuscripts were examined in connection with the publication of his Gesammelte Werke, a large project undertaken in the s. The total land area of Greece one-fifth of which is made up of….