Growing Up and Growing Old in Ancient Rome PDF

by Mary Harlow A book I wish I had written.

The life course approach is not popular enough in studies of ancient societies, especially books written by archaeologists.I originally picked this up to read the chapter on childhood in ancient Rome, but I found the whole book very interesting and important.The Introduction suggests a number of reasons the life course approach is significant to understanding ancient cultures, the wholes that need filling, the previously invisible people, etc...but also the ability to see how time was understood, the intersection of identity and place and power, etc.The chapter on the household as the space that structured the identities of children, women and slaves was very valuable, as was the chapter on growing old.I want to write about slavery in ancient Maya culture now, although I have to finish the other book I'm writing on identity first!

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