Children and Childhood in Roman Italy

Children and Childhood in Roman Italy

By (author) Beryl Rawson

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Concepts of childhood and the treatment of children are often used as a barometer of society's humanity, values, and priorities. Children and Childhood in Roman Italy argues that in Roman society children were, in principle and often in practice, welcome, valued and visible. There is no evidence directly from children themselves, but we can reconstruct attitudes to them, and their own experiences, from a wide variety of material - art and architecture, artefacts, funerary dedications, Roman law, literature, and public and private ritual. There are distinctively Roman aspects to the treatment of children and to children's experiences. Education at many levels was important. The commemoration of children who died young has no parallel, in earlier or later societies, before the twentieth century. This study builds on the dynamic work on the Roman family that has been developing in recent decades. Its focus on the period between the first century BCE and the early third century CE provides a context for new work being done on early Christian societies, especially in Rome.

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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 24mm | 580.61g
  • 01 Sep 2005
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0199285179
  • 9780199285174
  • 659,138

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Beryl Rawson is Professor Emerita and Visiting Fellow in History at the Australian National University.

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This book is a welcome addition to the shelves ... on Roman childhood she [Rawson] is the recognized authority. Tom Hillard, Ancient History: Resources for Teachers This monograph will provide its readers with so many thought-provoking images and much enlightenment. Tom Hillard, Ancient History: Resources for Teachers In future all researchers in childhood and children, not just those interested in the Romans, will use this book as their starting point. American Historical Review for Feb. 2005

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