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 came from a prominent Basel family that, from the early eighteenth century, had amassed great wealth in the silk industry. Jamob Jakob Bachofen — was a Swiss jurist, student of Greco-Roman antiquity, and anthropologist. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of bachoden Das Mutterrecht, After finishing high school with honors, Bachofen went on to study law and sciences in the universities of Berlin and Gottingen.

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While his work stimulated much research and writing, the data did not bear out his theories. Their only son was born in Bachofen liked solitude and never had many friends.

Though he based his theorizing on Greek and Roman classics, his previously unpublished manuscripts in his Gesammelte Werke, 10 vol. He analyzed myths and archaeological artifacts in an attempt to reconstruct the spiritual and social worlds of ancient societies.

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Bachofen applied evolutionary theories to the development of culture in a manner that is no longer considered valid, and modern archaeology and literary analysis have invalidated many details of his historical conclusions. Kinship, system of social organization based on real or putative family ties.


This new vision found no written expression until his books on law had been joahnn. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

Thus, Bachofen’s work can be understood as an important precursor of twentieth century theories of matriarchy that still echo today, such as the Old European culture postulated by Marija Gimbutas, and the field of feminist theology and “Matriarchal Studies” in bachpfen.

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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. Johann Jakob Bachofenborn Dec. Biographies Johann Jakob Bachofen. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. 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.

To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. A fuller edited English edition in several volumes is being published. Die Sage von Tanaquil, History of “Johann Jakob Bachofen” Note: Next Johann Jakob Froberger. Bachofen continued to do research until his death. 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.

In the late 19th century, however, the bachofeen comparison of kinship institutions became…. Antiquarische Briefe, — Bachofen became an important precursor of 20th-century theories of matriarchy, such as the Jogann European culture postulated by Marija Gimbutas from the s, and the field of feminist theology and ” Matriarchal Studies ” in s feminism. His masterwork Das Mutterrecht was published inbut it went mostly unnoticed. 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.


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. This wealth rendered Bachofen financially independent. Politics and social sciences Anthropologists Credited.

Nevertheless, at a time when patriarchal societies dominated, the need to bring out the feminine aspect of God and human beings was real.

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Bachofen was interested in the development of social organizations. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. 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.

He remained working as a judge for the next 20 years, but completely withdrew from public life. Johann Jakob Bachofen was born on December 22, in Basel, Switzerlandfirst son of a wealthy merchant family. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.