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Childhood, Class and Kin in the Roman World - Suzanne Dixon

Childhood, Class and Kin in the Roman World

By: Suzanne Dixon (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th June 2001
ISBN: 9780415235785
Number Of Pages: 304

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It can be difficult to hear the voices of Roman children, women and slaves, given that most surviving texts of the period are by elite adult men. This volume redresses the balance.
An international collection of expert contributors go beyond the usual canon of literary texts, and assess a vast range of evidence - inscriptions, burial data, domestic architecture, sculpture and the law, as well as Christian and dream-interpretation literature. Topics covered include:
* child exposure and abandonment
* children in imperial propaganda
* reconstructing lower-class families
* gender, burial and status
* epitaphs and funerary monuments
* adoption and late parenthood.
The result is an up-to-date survey of some of the most exciting avenues currently being explored in Roman social history.

Industry Reviews

'A welcome addition to a growing body of literature that takes the Roman family as its theme.' - Greece and Rome

'All the writers have successfuly addressed at least one section of the intended large audience ... all [articles] are highly readable.' - Arctos

List of illustrations and tables
List of contributors
The 'other' Romans and their family valuesp. 1
Childhoodp. 19
Children as cultural symbols: imperial ideology in the second centuryp. 21
Children and dreamsp. 43
Child exposure and abandonmentp. 52
Children among the dead: the influence of urban life on the commemoration of children on tombstone inscriptionsp. 74
Class and statusp. 99
Reconstructing lower-class Roman familiesp. 101
Familia Veturia: towards a lower-class economic prosopographyp. 115
Emperors and houses in Romep. 128
Women, burial data and issues of inclusion: the problems and potential of Roman-British cemeteriesp. 144
Kinp. 163
The value of epithets in pagan and Christian epitaphs from Romep. 165
A Roman funerary monument with a mother and daughterp. 178
Adoption and its function in cross-cultural contextsp. 190
Nearest and dearest: liability to inheritance tax in Roman familiesp. 205
On becoming a parent in later life: from Augustus to Antonio Agustin via St. Augustinep. 221
Cumulative bibliographyp. 235
Index of ancient sourcesp. 259
General indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780415235785
ISBN-10: 0415235782
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 29th June 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1