Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Children and Childhood in Classical Athens

Golden, Mark (Fellow, 1987-88)

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990

From the publisher's description:

Drawing on literary, artistic, and archaeological sources as well as on comparative studies of family history, Mark Golden offers a vivid portrait of the public and private lives of children from about 500 to 300 B.C. Golden discusses how the Athenians viewed children and childhood, describes everyday activities of children at home and in the community, and explores the differences in the social lives of boys and girls. He details the complex bonds among children, parents, siblings, and household slaves, and he shows how a growing child’s changing roles often led to conflict between the demands of family and the demands of community.


Subjects: History; Ancient Greek History; Children; Childhood; Family