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Pars historiae, pars vitae: the depiction and literary motive of children in the Roman historiographical literature



Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Classical historiographical literature represents a fundamental source of evidence for the reconstruction of ancient Roman political or military history, as well as for the reconstruction of Roman society, etc. How does a little child fit into the narratives of grand history and the stories of famous men’s lives? In this paper, I propose to examine the depiction and reflection of children’s life and childhood in Roman historiographical literature. What part does a child play in the historical narrative? How do the writers use the motive of a child? What can we learn about the reality of childhood in ancient Rome from the works they have written?
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