CHILDHOOD IN ANCIENT ATHENS
Iconography and Social History

LESLEY A BEAUMONT
324pp 120+ ILLUS 2015 LIST PRICE: £30.99 (P) G394

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A study of children during the heyday of the Athenian city state. It concentrates not only on the child’s own experience, but also examines the perceptions of children and childhood by Athenian society, which exhibit both similarities and contrasts with our own society. The author covers the juvenile life course from birth and infancy through early and later childhood, and treats these stages according to the topics of nurture, play, education, work, cult and ritual, and death. Much of the focus is on the copious ancient visual representations of children in Athenian painting, sculpture and terracotta modelling.