The destruction of the working-class family must have been finally achieved by the imperial control of the collegia.
These were not departments in the sense of bureaus, but collegia.
Just so, in the story of the builders one finds a gap of like length, between the collegia of Rome and the cathedral artists.
These were known as collegia pietatis, which gave rise to the name, “Pietists.”
In her temple on the Aventine almost all these collegia had at once their religious centre and their business headquarters.
The clubs (collegia) were to be merely for the purpose of celebrating funeral rites.
We thus arrive by a second channel at the collegia of the empire.
In all these points the collegia of Roman closely resemble the corporations of English law.
It granted them only to the poorest classes (collegia tenuiorum) and had the strictest laws in readiness for them.
These corporations were ruined by slave labour, and becoming secret societies, in the time of Augustus were The collegia.