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The Bad Julias

Emma Dench: Roman Children

9 May 2013
Children in the Roman Empire: Outsiders Within 
by Christian Laes.
Cambridge, 334 pp., £68, March 2011, 978 0 521 89746 4
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Children, Memory and Family Identity in Roman Culture 
edited by Véronique Dasen and Thomas Späth.
Oxford, 373 pp., £82, October 2011, 978 0 19 958257 0
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... was a bit slow, the answer was straightforward: the Romans thought children learned best when their lessons were thrashed into them. Sometimes, things went wrong. Cicero was an attentive father, as ThomasSpäth shows, keen as a ‘new man’ with no noble Roman ancestry to see his children get on in the world. But he seems to have been a bit of a pushover. He was away in the province of Cilicia ...

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