Growing up and growing old in ancient Rome

a life course approach

Mary Harlow, Ray Laurence

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Throughout history, every culture has had its own ideas on what growing up and growing old means, with variations between chronological, biological and social ageing, and with different emphases on the critical stages and transitions from birth to death.
This volume is the first to highlight the role of age in determining behaviour, and expectations of behaviour, across the life span of an inhabitant of ancient Rome. Drawing on developments in the social sciences, as well as ancient evidence, the authors focus on the period c.200BC-AD200, looking at childhood, the transition to adulthood, maturity, and old age. They explore how both the individual and society were involved in, and reacted to, these different stages, in terms of gender, wealth and status, and personal choice and empowerment.
Original, lively and accessible, this study opens up the subject of age and the Roman life course in a way that is tangible to the reader, and which includes and draws on current controversies and debates in ancient history. It will be important for anyone studying Roman life.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages184
ISBN (Print)9780415202008
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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