Back in the 1960s, I worked on freed slaves in the Republic. This led to further research on the evidence of epitaphs on the occupations and family-life of slaves and freed(wo)men, especially from the early imperial communal tombs. But I have always kept a keen interest in the literary sources, especially Cicero and especially his correspondence. In the 1970s I tried to fill in some of the gaps in our understanding of lower-class Roman women. A sabbatical spent reading the Digest led to studies on marriage in the classical period of Roman law. Since then, I have chiefly focused on the family. I am currently completing a book on the high aristocracy, Servilia and her family. I am also exploring patriotism in late Republican literature.