ny translation of the title might range from "ruler of the roost" to "big Daddy" or even "godfather." The ancient Romans were traditionally strong -- even fervent -- about family and the emphasis they placed on the role of a strong father.
This caused or resulted from the idea of exerting control over politics by a related group overseeing the Roman senate. Other families became controllers of the Army, trade and monetary policy, literacy and education. There is evidence that the men in charge communicated with one another well enough to rule the known world for generations.
The paterfamilias were men of exceptionally high moral sense. Fairness and incredible integrity ruled their life forces, from high imperial matters to individual father-mother-offspring they morphed into over the centuries. This resulted in the modern basic father who sired children whom he taught and attended to their needs until they reached maturity.
This in contrast to the bumbling idiot depicted in movies or TV "sitcoms." Instead, the living ideal is that of a gentle person who loves his spouse, rears his sons and daughters to observe not only the basic elements of faith and decency while also respecting the laws and precepts of good citizenry.
Let's get moving, dads everywhere! There is no one I can think of who exerts more influence on growing kids. They need more than a weekly paycheck and an occasional session of advice to our teenagers. They need our unconditional love and undying respect.