The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World

The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World

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The past thirty years have seen an explosion of interest in Greek and Roman social history, particularly studies of women and the family. Until recently these studies did not focus especially on children and childhood, but considered children in the larger context of family continuity and inter-family relationships, or legal issues like legitimacy, adoption and inheritance. Recent publications have examined a variety of aspects related to childhood in ancient Greece and Rome, but until now nothing has attempted to comprehensively survey the state of ancient childhood studies. This handbook does just that, showcasing the work of both established and rising scholars and demonstrating the variety of approaches to the study of childhood in the classical world. In thirty chapters, with a detailed introduction and envoi, The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World presents current research in a wide range of topics on ancient childhood, including sub-disciplines of Classics that rarely appear in collections on the family or childhood such as archaeology and ancient medicine. Contributors include some of the foremost experts in the fieldas well as younger, up-and-coming scholars. Unlike most edited volumes on childhood or the family in antiquity, this collection also gives attention to the late antique period and whether (or how) conceptions of childhood and the life of children changed with Christianity. The chronological spread runs from archaic Greece to the later Roman Empire (fifth century C.E.). Geographical areas covered include not only classical Greece and Roman Italy, but also the eastern Mediterranean. The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World engages with perennially valuable questions about family and education in the ancient world while providing a much-needed touchstone for research in the more

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  • Hardback | 720 pages
  • 177.8 x 241.3 x 33.02mm | 1,202.01g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 68 illus.
  • 0199781540
  • 9780199781546

About Judith Evans Grubbs

Judith Evans Grubbs is Betty Gage Holland Professor of Roman History at Emory University. Tim Parkin is Professor of Ancient History at University of more

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succeeds in making children visible and in giving a fascinating picture of ancient childhood, offering indeed an embarras de richesses. It repays reading and rereading. Inga Mantle, Classics for Allshow more

Table of contents

CONTRIBUTORS ; ABBREVIATIONS ; INTRODUCTION ; PART I. GESTATION, BIRTH, DISEASE, AND DEATH ; 1. Veronique Dasen, Universite de Fribourg ; "Becoming Human: from the Embryo to the Newborn Child" ; 2. Tim Parkin, University of Manchester ; "The Demography of Infancy and Early Childhood in the Ancient World" ; 3. Maria Liston and Susan Rotroff, University of Waterloo/Washington University in St. Louis ; "Babies in the Well: Archaeological Evidence for Newborn Disposal in Hellenistic Greece" ; 4. Judith Evans Grubbs, Emory University ; "(Not) Bringing up Baby: Infant Exposure and Infanticide" ; 5. Lesley Dean-Jones, University of Texas at Austin ; "The child patient of the Hippocratics: early Pediatrics?" ; 6. Christian Laes, University of Antwerp/Free University of Brussels ; "Raising a Disabled Child" ; PART II. CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD IN ANCIENT GREECE ; 7. John Oakley, College of William and Mary ; "Children in Archaic and Classical Greek art: A Survey" ; 8. Susan Langdon, University of Missouri at Columbia ; "Children as Learners and Producers in Early Greece" ; 9. Lesley Beaumont, University of Sydney ; "Shifting Gender: Age and Social Status as Modifiers of Childhood Gender in Ancient Athens" ; 10. Robert Garland, Colgate University ; "Children in Athenian Religion" ; 11. Louise Pratt, Emory University ; "Play, Pathos and Precocity: The Three 'P's of Greek Literary Childhood" ; PART III. CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD IN ANCIENT ROME ; 12. Mark Golden, University of Winnipeg ; "Children in Latin Epic" ; 13. Janette McWilliam, University of Queensland ; "The Socialization of Roman Children" ; 14. Hanne Sigismund Nielsen, University of Calgary ; "Slave and Lower-class Roman Children" ; 15. Lena Larsson Loven, Goteburg University ; "Children and Childhood in Roman Commemorative Art" ; 16. Mary Harlow, University of Birmingham ; "Toys, Dolls and the Material Culture of Childhood" ; 17. Thomas A.J. McGinn, Vanderbilt University ; "Roman Children and the Law" ; PART IV. EDUCATION AND EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD ; 18. Cynthia Patterson, Emory University ; "Education in Plato's Laws" ; 19. Nigel Kennell, American School of Classical Studies at Athens ; "Boys, Girls, Family, and the State at Sparta" ; 20. Matthew Dillon, University of New England ; "Engendering the Scroll: Girls' and Women's Literacy in Classical Greece" ; 21. Eric Casey, Sweet Briar College ; "Educating the Youth: the Athenian ephebeia in the Early Hellenistic Era" ; 22. Martin Bloomer, University of Notre Dame ; "The Ancient Child in School" ; PART V. CHILDREN IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ; 23. Maryline Parca, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ; "Children in Hellenistic Egypt: What the Papyri Say" ; 24. April Pudsey, Birkbeck College ; "Children in Roman Egypt" ; 25. Sabine Huebner, Max-Planck Institut, Rostock ; "Adoption and Fosterage in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean" ; 26. Hagith Sivan, University of Kansas ; "Pictorial paideia: Children in the Synagogue" ; PART VI. LATE ANTIQUITY AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY ; 27. Blake Leyerle, University of Notre Dame ; "Children and 'the Child' in early Christianity" ; 28. Ville Vuolanto, University of Tampere ; "Elite Children, Socialization and Agency in the Late Roman world" ; 29. Jenny Kreiger, University of Michigan ; "Remembering Children in the Roman Catacombs" ; 30. Susan Stevens, Randolph College ; "Stages of Infancy in Roman Amphora Burial" ; ENVOI ; Keith Bradley, University of Notre Dame ; INDEXshow more