Childhood and families had a ubiquitous and central presence in the ancient world but one which is often hidden from us. Underlying our understanding of childhood and the family in Antiquity are the key thinkers and writers of the period. Their ideas on children, growing up, and the stages of life have shaped thinking on these subjects right up to the present day.
Focusing on the cultures of the Mediterranean from 800 BCE to 800 CE, A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in Antiquity covers the rise of democratic Athens, the Hellenistic World and the evolution and transformation of the Roman Empire.
A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in Antiquity presents essays on family relations, community, economy, geography and environment, education, life cycle, the state, faith and religion, health and science and world contexts.
Mary Harlow is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham and co-editor of The Clothed Body in the Ancient World. Ray Laurence is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the University of Kent, and author of Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome and Roman Pompeii: Space and Society.
Introduction Mary Harlow (University of Birmingham, UK) and Ray Laurence (University of Kent, UK) 1 Family Relationships Mary Harlow (University of Birmingham, UK) 2 Community Ray Laurence (University of Kent, UK) 3 Economy Lena Larsson Loven (University of Gothenburg, SWEDEN) and Agneta Stroemberg (University of Gothenburg, SWEDEN) 4 Geography and the Environment Louise Revell (University of Southampton, UK) 5 Education Christian Laes (University of Brussels and University of Antwerp, BELGIUM) 6 Life Cycle Tim Parkin (University of Manchester, UK) 7 The State Jo-Ann Shelton (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA) 8 Faith and Religion Ville Vuolanto (University of Tampere, FINLAND) 9 Health and Science Patricia Baker (University of Kent, UK) 10 World Contexts Mary Harlow (University of Birmingham, UK) and Ray Laurence (University of Kent, UK) Notes Bibliography Contributors Index