If women's roles were rarely discussed in Greek manuscripts, Greek children were pretty well invisible. As this book explains, what we know about childhood in ancient Greece comes primarily from snippets of information "scattered throughout Greek history, poetry, tragedy and comedy." Greek artists, however, did depict children realistically on vases and in figurines and sculptures. This book, which accompanies a traveling exhibit mounted for Dartmouth's Hood Museum by Neils (art history, Case Western Reserve Univ.) and Oakley (classical studies, Coll. of William & Mary), offers commentaries by scholars of literature, archaeology, Greek history, and more on a wide variety of topics. Essays discuss general attitudes toward and activities of children, the relationships between mothers and daughters and fathers and sons, children's place in religious practice, and children and death. The 200 black-and-white and 150 color images show a variety of archaeological artifacts, including toys, bronze and stone sculptures, vases, and terra cotta figurines. A critical source for childhood studies, this book is also recommended for classics and art history collections.-Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.