Family court in the good old days: “Obey your father”

…the king [Tarquinius], being advised by those nearest hiim to excuse himself for having come so late, declared that he had been chosen arbiter between a father and his son, and had been delayed by his anxiety to reconcile them.  He added that since this business had used up that day, he would take up on the morrow the matters which he had meant to bring before them.  They say that Turnus would not suffer even this to go unchallenged, asserting that there was no question more quickly settled than one betwixt father and son, for these few words were enough to end it:  “Unless you obey your father it will be the worse for you”.

–Livy, from The Early History of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita, Book I)

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