CASE: You are the administrative assistant, Mr Patterson the president of the company has no official security personnel. Mr Patterson told you recently he has just separated from his wife, who is not involved in the firm’s activities. One day when Mr Patterson is out of town and unreachable and you are at lunch his wife enters her husband’s office shuts the door and begins rummaging through his personal file drawer. Your return from lunch and find her what do you do? What is the ethical issue in your case? What are the implications for this? How do personal or corporate values play into these decisions? What is ultimately your decisions or counsel regarding the situation?
The Roman mother was another position that was present in the household. Sarah McGill states the following information about the Roman mother, “As a mother, a Roman woman was responsible for such duties as raising the children and cooking. The most influential woman in the family was the wife of the paterfamilias. She held the title materfamilias. While this position was respected by the rest of the family, it carried no real decision-making power.”3. In Rome, a woman could not legally hold a public office or act as a witness in Roman court. Due to this, it was not a necessecity for these women to be educated. The women that did receive an education were the wealthiest in the society. However, even when these women could afford an education, it was still extremely limited. Despite all of the short comings that Roman women face, they still hold an extremely extraordinary role in the Roman household. The next topic to look at is the aspect of education to the Roman family. In the Roman family, the males were the only members to receive an education. The women were very seldomly given the opportunity to receive an education. The details about the Roman family and their education, is as follows, “traditional education was still seen by Christians and polytheists alikeas a means for advancing the careers of the elite, whether those vocations be political, literary or religious.” Education played a major role in the life of the Roman family. Another interesting aspect of the Roman family was the adoption of slaves. In the past, slaves were the property of the family that they worked for. With this being said, a slave could also be adopted by their owner, making them a legal citizen of Rome. Once this was done, the slave took the last name of his or her owner and started their own family with the last name. the families that contain at least one former slave were called freedman families. The following statement lends a sense of how serious the process of adopting a slave was. “As adrogatio terminated the familia of the person adopted, it was not to be lightly undertaken, and the civil and religious authorities of the state are involved.”. The process of potentially setting free a slave for them to go and continue to repopulate is an extremely important process and was not taken lightly. To add on, although these slaves were now considered free, they may not have necessarily received all the birth rights of a free born Roman. In the sense of a freedman becoming a citizen, they were automatically made a citizen of where ever their master was a citizen of. For example, of a slave that was originally a citizen from another place, but was adopted by a Roman citizen, the freedman was now a Roman citizen. To wrap up, Roman family life was very similar, yet extremely different fro>GET ANSWER