Growing up and Growing Old in Ancient Rome: A Life Course Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

Throughout history, every culture has had its own ideas on what growing up and growing old means, with variations between chronological, biological and social ageing, and with different emphases on the critical stages and transitions from birth to death.
This volume is the first to highlight the role of age in determining behaviour, and expectations of behaviour, across the life span of an inhabitant of ancient Rome. Drawing on developments in the social sciences, as well as ancient evidence, the authors focus on the period c.200BC - AD200, looking at childhood, the transition to adulthood, maturity, and old age. They explore how both the individual and society were involved in, and reacted to, these different stages, in terms of gender, wealth and status, and personal choice and empowerment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415202015
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction: ageing in antiquity 1
2 The location of the life course: the household 20
3 The beginning of life: infancy and childhood 34
4 Transition to adulthood 1: female 54
5 Transition to adulthood 2: male 65
6 The place of marriage in the life course 79
7 Kinship extension and age mixing through marriage 92
8 Age and politics 104
9 Getting old 117
10 Death and memory 132
11 Age and ageing in the Roman Empire and beyond 144
Appendix 151
Bibliography 165
Index 175
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