Growing Up and Growing Old in Ancient Rome: A Life Course by Mary Harlow

By Mary Harlow

All through heritage, each tradition has had its personal rules on what becoming up and growing old capacity, with adaptations among chronological, organic and social growing old, and with diverse emphases at the serious phases and transitions from delivery to loss of life. This quantity is the 1st to focus on the position of age in deciding upon behaviour, and expectancies of behaviour, around the existence span of an inhabitant of historical Rome. Drawing on advancements within the social sciences, in addition to old proof, the authors specialise in the interval c.200BC - AD200, taking a look at youth, the transition to maturity, adulthood, and previous age. They discover how either the person and society have been eager about, and reacted to, those varied levels, by way of gender, wealth and standing, and private selection and empowerment.

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46). 10–11), it should then be cleansed first by a finely ground salt and oil rub, followed by a warm bath with special attention paid to the eyes, nose and mouth. 12). Once the baby had been bathed the swaddling process began. Iconographic evidence suggests that swaddling was widespread and thought to have a beneficial effect on children. 14; 42). 14). He gave precise instructions on the process of swaddling with stress on the care and handling of the infant – the nurse must be gentle, the swaddling bands clean, soft and seamless.

Some modern authors present an image of the infant at birth as discarded by freeborn mother and father to a wet nurse and then a pedagogus (tutor), with no further interaction between parents and child accounted for (see Chapter 3). 6–8), we have a situation in which mother and children were in close proximity. However, slaves in the house of the Statilii performed roles as nurses and attendants to children and would seem to have been ever present in a child’s world and within close proximity (Joshel 1992: 74–5) – so that the mother’s role in child rearing itself may have been limited (Garnsey 1991).

10–11), it should then be cleansed first by a finely ground salt and oil rub, followed by a warm bath with special attention paid to the eyes, nose and mouth. 12). Once the baby had been bathed the swaddling process began. Iconographic evidence suggests that swaddling was widespread and thought to have a beneficial effect on children. 14; 42). 14). He gave precise instructions on the process of swaddling with stress on the care and handling of the infant – the nurse must be gentle, the swaddling bands clean, soft and seamless.

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