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date: 15 May 2021

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The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World features the work of the world’s leading scholars of the family in antiquity, including both veterans in ancient family studies and the upcoming new generation of scholars. It is clear that the study of childhood in the past is now beginning to reach maturity, or at least is beginning to mature. This volume is hence both timely and necessary, as we look to the future of ancient childhood studies. The introduction offers a retrospective of the study of classical childhood to date, a definition of the child, as well as an overview of the full volume. This handbook is grounded in the firm belief that the study of childhood in the past is not just of interest in its own right but is also revelatory of wider aspects of historical societies and cultures, providing insights that a focus on adults alone would obscure or hide.

Keywords: Childhood, family, classical world, Roman, Greek, fertility

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