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date: 08 May 2021

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This chapter maps out some of the influences that helped children to become socialized into their particular status and gender roles in Roman society during the republican and early imperial periods. It examines the roles parents, extended family, and nonkin caregivers such as nutrices and paedagogi played in the socialization process as children, both consciously and unconsciously, learned how to become adults by absorbing patterns of behavior, morals, and Roman social and cultural values. Children living in Rome experienced crowded streets dominated by Roman forms of architecture. They attended funerals, religious festivals, games, and triumphs. This chapter also explores the impact the physicality of a child’s surroundings had on the transmission of cultural memory and in the attainment of cultural knowledge.

Keywords: Child care (ancient), cultural knowledge, cultural memory, exempla, Roman children, role models, socialization

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