Children, Memory, and Family Identity in Roman Culture

Hardcover | November 28, 2010

EditorVeronique Dasen, Thomas Spath

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Investigations into the daily life of Roman families show that children were key actors in the process of the construction of social memory: they were the pivotal point of the transmission of family tradition and values in both elite and non-elite families. This collection of essays drawstogether the perspectives of various disciplines to provide a multifaceted picture of the Roman family based on a wide range of evidence drawn from the 1st century BCE to Late Antiquity and the Christian period. The contributors define the notion of memory, discuss the role of children in thetransmission of social memory and social identities, and also deal with threats to familial memory, in the cases of children deliberately or accidentally excluded from tradition, long believed to be invisible, such as those born at home to slaves, or outcast because of illness or their unusualstatus, for example as the offspring of an incestuous relationship.

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Investigations into the daily life of Roman families show that children were key actors in the process of the construction of social memory: they were the pivotal point of the transmission of family tradition and values in both elite and non-elite families. This collection of essays drawstogether the perspectives of various disciplines...

Veronique Dasen is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Fribourg. Thomas Spath is Professor of Ancient Cultures and Constructions of Antiquity at the University of Bern.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:November 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Veronique Dasen and Thomas Spath: IntroductionI. Family Identities and Traditions1. Catherine Baroin: Ancestors as Models: Memory and the Construction of Gentilician Identity2. Ann-Cathrin Harders: Roman Patchwork Families: Surrogate Parenting, Socialization and the Shaping of Tradition3. Francesca Prescendi: Children and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge4. Michel E. Fuchs: Women and Children in Ancient Landscape5. Veronique Dasen: Wax and Plaster Memories: Children in Elite and Non-Elite Strategies6. Thomas Spath: Cicero, Tullia, and Marcus: Gender-Specific Concerns for Family Tradition?7. Ville Vuolanto: Children and the Memory of Parents in the Late Roman WorldII. Children on the Margins?8. Beryl Rawson: Degrees of Freedom, Vernae and Junian Latins in the Roman Familia9. Francesca Mencacci: Modestia vs licentia: Seneca on Childhood and Status in the Roman Family10. Christian Laes: Delicia-Children Revisited: The Evidence of Statius' Silvae11. Danielle Gourevitch: The Sick Child in his Family: A Risk for the Family Tradition12. Judith Evans Grubbs: Hidden in Plain Sight: Expositi in the Community13. Philippe Moreau: Rome: The Invisible Children of Incest