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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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... generally know when to hedge our bets. In their different ways, both Christian Laes’s book and Véronique Dasen and Thomas Späth’s collection read as late contributions to old debates. Laes’s book is very useful as a reference work in that it touches on nearly every question one might have about Roman childhood, but he could have made more of his ...

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