n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Kinderen bij de Romeinen. Zes eeuwen dagelijks leven, Christian Laes : book review

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The author succeeds in giving the reader an idea of what it meant to be a child in the Roman World in the Late Republic and Early Empire. By making use of what he calls 'de mentaliteitsgeschiednis van de Romeinse Oudheid', the reader learns what the cultivated male Roman thought about children and childhood. Contributing to an understanding of childhood in Roman times are the black and white illustrations, consisting mostly of photos of statues and relief sculptures, but also of frescoes and depictions on vases. The one illustration which really brings home to one what it meant to be a slave child in the Roman Empire is that of a black child sitting on his haunches, head resting on his knees, bound in chains (143).

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