By Beryl Rawson

Photos of youngsters in Roman society abound: an infant's first tub, studying to stroll, fiddling with pets and toys, going to varsity, and--all too often--dying upfront. teenagers and youth in Roman Italy argues that during Roman society young ones have been, in precept and infrequently in perform, welcome, valued and visual. This learn builds at the dynamic paintings at the Roman relatives that has been constructing in fresh many years. Its specialize in the interval among the 1st century BCE and the early 3rd century CE offers a context for brand new paintings being performed on early Christian societies, in particular in Rome.

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48 CIL 6. 13410; Stuart Jones (1969: 60 no. 25, pi. 10). Representations 45 ium of his mother's familia (the Aurunceii) that the child is buried. The parents were not in a formal Roman marriage at the time of the boy's birth, probably because the mother had achieved freedom before the father did. The precedence of her name over his strengthens the probability of her superior status. The father did achieve free status after his son's birth, and the (freed) parents might have looked forward to a bright future for their freeborn son.

20 CIL 6. 26410; Kockel (1993: 141-2 and pi. 5ia); Kleiner (1977: no. 71) (with date of 13 BCE to 5 CE); Zanker (1975: fig. 19). 19 FIG. 5 Relief of Seruilii family: freeborn son and freed couple. Rome, 30—20 BCE. Representations 31 dress of Roman citizens, but their nomenclature (Q. I. and C. ) shows that their free status was won by manumission and not by free birth. The representation of the child advertises his superior status and the family's upward mobility. There are other, similar examples from this period (B.

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