oa Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Plato and Aristotle on the exposure of infants at Athens

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141



States Aristotle opposes the view that children born prematurely after eight months, never remain alive in a fragment from his Zoika. Examines this statement and Greek customs not to rear all their children, or that it was quite common to, under certain circumstances, to dispose of newborn infants. Does not intend to re-examine the whole field of evidence relevant to Athens of the classical period.

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