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date: 15 May 2021

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This essay provides the first concise overview of the depiction of children in Greek archaic and classical art. The survey commences with a brief consideration of earlier Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Orientalizing Age images of children before turning to the rich supply of images of children in archaic art. The early examples are primarily mythological, but by the middle of the sixth century a wide variety of everyday scenes of children exists. Children at this time are primarily shown as small adults. This changes in the classical period, the heyday of picturing children in Greek art, when many children display the physiological forms appropriate for their age. Artists at this time have often carefully observed how children appear and act. New scenes of children at work and play are introduced. All these depictions of children provide a rich and unparalleled source for the study of children in antiquity.

Keywords: Birth, black figure, dangers, gravestones, Kourotrophos/oi, mythological, prothesis, red figure, votive reliefs, wedding, white ground

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