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Some reflections on ancient Greek attitudes to children as revealed in selected literature of the pre-Christian era

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dc.contributor.advisor Lamprecht, J.C. (Dr.)
dc.contributor.author De Bloemhead, Diana
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-15T06:48:48Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-15T06:48:48Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3674
dc.description.abstract This study examines the ancient Greeks’ attitudes to children during the Classical and Hellenistic periods. The investigation is limited to literary sources in selected pre-Christian texts. Problems which might bias interpretation have been noted. Parent-child relationships, as revealed in literary examples of parental love and concern, are of particular interest. Hazards affecting survival in early childhood, and factors which influenced attitudes regarding the fetus, abortion, exposure and infanticide are considered. Legal, political and socio-economic factors are amongst motivating forces. Childhood experiences such as education, sport, pederasty, step-families, slaves and slavery, preparation for marriage, and deprivation due to war and environmental factors are also examined. Ancient attitudes to children are compared with modern attitudes to children in similar situations prevailing in Western culture in the 21st century. The findings reveal that basic human behaviour has changed little over the millennia; however, factors influencing attitudes have undergone some change as society evolved. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Ancient Greeks en
dc.subject Life and death en
dc.subject Love and affection en
dc.subject Slaves and slavery en
dc.subject Pre-Christian era en
dc.subject Childhood en
dc.subject Hellenistic period en
dc.title Some reflections on ancient Greek attitudes to children as revealed in selected literature of the pre-Christian era en
dc.type Thesis en


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