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Children and Childhood in Classical Athens
     

Children and Childhood in Classical Athens

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by Mark Golden
 

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First published in 1990, Children and Childhood in Classical Athens was the first book in English to explore the lives of children in ancient Athens. Drawing on literary, artistic, and archaeological sources as well as on comparative studies of family history, Mark Golden offers a vivid portrait of the public and private lives of children from about 500 to

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First published in 1990, Children and Childhood in Classical Athens was the first book in English to explore the lives of children in ancient Athens. Drawing on literary, artistic, and archaeological sources as well as on comparative studies of family history, Mark Golden offers a vivid portrait of the public and private lives of children from about 500 to 300 B.C. Golden discusses how the Athenians viewed children and childhood, describes everyday activities of children at home and in the community, and explores the differences in the social lives of boys and girls. He details the complex bonds among children, parents, siblings, and household slaves, and he shows how a growing child’s changing roles often led to conflict between the demands of family and the demands of community.

In this thoroughly revised edition, Golden places particular emphasis on the problem of identifying change over time and the relationship of children to adults. He also explores three dominant topics in the recent historiography of childhood: the agency of children, the archaeology of childhood, and representations of children in art. The book includes a completely new final chapter, text and notes rewritten throughout to incorporate evidence and scholarship that has appeared over the past twenty-five years, and an index of ancient sources.

Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books - Jasper Griffin

A very interesting book... Much of his reconstruction of the emotional life of the Athenian family rings true.

American Historical Review

Mark Golden has produced a superb book, an important substantive and methodological contribution to the social history of ancient Athens and a model for comparable studies.

Journal of Hellenic Studies

This is not just a book of colourful description but one as well of vivid insight and lively debate—a debate, moreover, that is refreshingly free of ideological polemic and informed by a keen eye for the personal implications behind any social trend and of the individual psychology underlying the collective picture... engaging and engrossing... a considerable achievement on the author's part.

New York Review of Books
A very interesting book... Much of his reconstruction of the emotional life of the Athenian family rings true.

— Jasper Griffin

Booknews
Rather than establishing one central thesis, Golden (classics, U. of Winnipeg) explores the interactions of children with adults and with each other in a number of contexts. The result is a series of essays on socialization, based primarily on literary texts (broadly defined), for which a specialist's familiarity with classical Athens is not required. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Lection - Tim Morris
Greatly impressed by Golden's work on two general counts. First, there's his ability to make clear for the non-specialist the thought-processes of his discipline... Second, the range of his reference to various other fields, to modern literature and history, to the diversity of cultural experience and the universals of human existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801846007
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1993
Series:
Ancient Society and History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Golden is a professor of classics at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Sport and Society in Ancient Greece and Greek Sport and Social Status.

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Children and Childhood in Classical Athens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
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