The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World

Hardcover | December 25, 2013

EditorJudith Evans Grubbs, Tim Parkin, Roslynne Bell

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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 andinter-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. Thishandbook 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 orchildhood 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 andwhether (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 withperennially valuable questions about family and education in the ancient world while providing a much-needed touchstone for research in the field.

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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 andinter-family relationships, or legal issues like...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:704 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:December 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAbbreviationsIntroductionPART I. GESTATION, BIRTH, DISEASE, AND DEATH1. Veronique Dasen: "Becoming Human: from the Embryo to the Newborn Child"2. Tim Parkin: "The Demography of Infancy and Early Childhood in the Ancient World"3. Maria Liston and Susan Rotroff: "Babies in the Well: Archaeological Evidence for Newborn Disposal in Hellenistic Greece"4. Judith Evans Grubbs: "(Not) Bringing up Baby: Infant Exposure and Infanticide"5. Lesley Dean-Jones: "The child patient of the Hippocratics: early Pediatrics?"6. Christian Laes: "Raising a Disabled Child"PART II. CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD IN ANCIENT GREECE7. John Oakley: "Children in Archaic and Classical Greek art: A Survey"8. Susan Langdon: "Children as Learners and Producers in Early Greece"9. Lesley Beaumont: "Shifting Gender: Age and Social Status as Modifiers of Childhood Gender in Ancient Athens"10. Robert Garland: "Children in Athenian Religion"11. Louise Pratt: "Play, Pathos and Precocity: The Three 'P's of Greek Literary Childhood"PART III. CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD IN ANCIENT ROME12. Mark Golden: "Children in Latin Epic"13. Janette McWilliam: "The Socialization of Roman Children"14. hanne Sigismund Nielsen: "Slave and Lower-class Roman Children"15. Lena Larsson Loven: "Children and Childhood in Roman Commemorative Art"16. Mary Harlow: "Toys, Dolls and the Material Culture of Childhood"17. Thomas A. J. McGinn: "Roman Children and the Law"PART IV. EDUCATION AND EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD18. Cynthia Patterson: "Education in Plato's Laws"19. Nigel Kennell: "Boys, Girls, Family, and the State at Sparta"20. Matthew Dillon: "Engendering the Scroll: Girls' and Women's Literacy in Classical Greece"21. Eric Casey: "Educating the Youth: the Athenian ephebeia in the Early Hellenistic Era"22. Martin Bloomer: "The Ancient Child in School"PART V. CHILDREN IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN23. Maryline Parca: "Children in Hellenistic Egypt: What the Papyri Say"24. April Pudsey: "Children in Roman Egypt"25. Sabine Huebner: "Adoption and Fosterage in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean"26. Hagith Sivan: "Pictorial paideia: Children in the Synagogue"PART VI. LATE ANTIQUITY AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY27. Blake Leyerle: "Children and 'the Child' in early Christianity"28. Ville Vuolanto: "Elite Children, Socialization and Agency in the Late Roman world"29. Jenny Kreiger: "Remembering Children in the Roman Catacombs"30. Susan Stevens: "Stages of Infancy in Roman Amphora Burial"Keith Bradley: ENVOIIndex