Children And Childhood In Roman Italy

Paperback | May 26, 2006

byBeryl 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 noevidence 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 thetreatment 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 developingin 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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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 noevidence directly from children themselves, but we...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.93 inPublished:May 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199285179

ISBN - 13:9780199285174

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Representations of Children in Roman Italy1. RepresentationsPart II. The Life Course2. Welcoming a New Child3. Rearing4. Ages and Stages5. Education6. Relationships7. Public Life8. Death, Burial, and Commemoration

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`This is a fine work of scholarship. Rawson employs impeccable methodology when dealing a variety of material: literary, documentary and visual. Sensitively written, in a lucid manner, the book is easily accessible to the interested, non-specialised reader. Rawson's aim, to produce a book thatwill be of relevance outside of the discipline, has been achieved admirably; she succeeds in bringing the Roman family vividly to life. The work should have appeal for anyone interested in the social history of Rome or the place of the child within the family. With Children and Childhood in RomanItaly, Beryl Rawson has made yet another major contribution to the social history of Rome during the first three centuries.'Gillian Bowen, Monash University