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Children in Antiquity

Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean

Edited by: Lesley A. Beaumont , Matthew Dillon , Nicola Harrington

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138780866
eBook ISBN: 9781315542812
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315542812
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This collection employs a multi-disciplinary approach treating ancient childhood in a holistic manner according to diachronic, regional and thematic perspectives. This multi-disciplinary approach encompasses classical studies, Egyptology, ancient history and the broad spectrum of archaeology, including iconography and bioarchaeology.

With a chronological range of the Bronze Age to Byzantium and regional coverage of Egypt, Greece, and Italy this is the largest survey of childhood yet undertaken for the ancient world. Within this chronological and regional framework both the social construction of childhood and the child?s life experience are explored through the key topics of the definition of childhood, daily life, religion and ritual, death, and the information provided by bioarchaeology. No other volume to date provides such a comprehensive, systematic and cross-cultural study of childhood in the ancient Mediterranean world. In particular, its focus on the identification of society-specific definitions of childhood and the incorporation of the bioarchaeological perspective makes this work a unique and innovative study.

Children in Antiquity provides an invaluable and unrivalled resource for anyone working on all aspects of the lives and deaths of children in the ancient Mediterranean world.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The ancient Egyptian conception of children and childhood Download PDF
Chapter  2:  What is a child in Aegean prehistory? Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Ideological constructions of childhood in Bronze and Early Iron Age Italy Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Defining childhood and youth Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The child in Etruscan Italy Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Children and the Hellenistic period Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Roman childhood revisited Download PDF
Chapter  8:  From birth to rebirth Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Looking for children in Late Antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  10:  From village to monastery Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The child’s experience of daily life in ancient Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Changing states Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Children in early Rome and Latium Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Being a child in Archaic and Classical Greece Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The daily life of Etruscan babies and children Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Being a child in the Hellenistic world Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Different lives Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Children as instruments of policy in Hadrian’s Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Daily life of children in Late Antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  20:  “Child in the nest” Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Children and Aegean Bronze Age Religion Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Initiating children into Italian Bronze and Early Iron Age ritual, religion and cosmology Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Children in Archaic and Classical Greek religion Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Children in Etruscan religion and ritual Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Children’s roles in Hellenistic religion Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Children in Roman religion and ritual Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Children, religion and ritual in Greco-Roman Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The child in Late Antique religion and ritual Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Child, infant and foetal burials in the Egyptian archaeological record Download PDF
Chapter  30:  “Do not say ‘I am young to be taken’”  Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Children and death in Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Greece Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Children, death and society in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Sicily Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Children and death in Archaic and Classical Greece Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Infancy and childhood in funerary contexts of Early Iron Age Middle Tyrrhenian Italy Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Child death in the Hellenistic world Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Death of a Roman child Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Death of a child Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Infant mortality, Michael Psellos and the Byzantine demon Gillo Download PDF
Chapter  39:  The bioarchaeology of children in Greco-Roman antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Infancy and childhood in Roman Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  41:  “The greatest of treasures” Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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