(p. xv) Acknowledgments
(p. xv) Acknowledgments
A volume of this size and scope could not have been completed without the help of many people, and the editors would like to thank all those who played a role in its production.
Stefan Vranka of Oxford University Press first suggested an Oxford handbook on this topic several years ago, and we would like to thank him for instigating this volume and for his patience in seeing it come to fruition. We are also grateful to Sarah Pirovitz of Oxford University Press for her invaluable assistance in the mechanics of editing and for her gracious and speedy responses to all our questions and concerns.
In August 2011 the University of Manchester hosted a workshop for the contributors to this volume to present their work in progress and share ideas and perspectives. Such interaction and exchange of ideas among contributors to a collection of this sort is unusual, and we believe that it has resulted in a more cohesive and well-integrated volume than would have otherwise been the case. We are grateful to the University of Manchester, and especially to what was then called the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, for its generosity and hospitality. We would also like to thank Susan Treggiari and Kate Cooper, who were invited to the Manchester workshop to respond to the papers presented and who provided their expert advice and suggestions for improving the handbook. We also benefited from the presence at that workshop of a number of Tim’s PhD students: Jessica Dixon, Sam Fernes, Rachel Plummer, and Stevie Spiegl.
Zachary Domach, formerly a BA/MA student in ancient history and classics at Emory University, was Judith’s research assistant in spring 2012 and provided invaluable help in the reading through and initial editing of most of the chapter drafts, and we would like to thank him for his perceptive responses and feedback.
And most of all, our gratitude goes to our editorial assistant Roslynne Bell, whose hard work, critical eye, and extensive expertise saved us from many omissions and errors. Our thanks to the University of Manchester, in particular the school now known as the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures as well as to the Department of Classics and Ancient History within that school for financial support in this regard.
Many of the contributors to this handbook had the pleasure of knowing Beryl Rawson, emerita professor at the Australian National University, as a colleague or mentor. Originally Beryl was to be a contributor also, but she died in late 2010, to the deep (p. xvi) regret of all who knew her. She can truly be said to have been the founder of the field of Roman family studies and among the first classical scholars to have addressed the study of childhood in antiquity. It seems fitting, then, to dedicate our handbook to the memory of Beryl.
Judith Evans Grubbs and Tim Parkin