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- DescriptionIn this volume, Bobou offers a systematic analysis of ancient Greek statues of children from the sanctuaries, houses, and necropoleis of the Hellenistic world in order to understand their function and meaning. Comparing images of children in reliefs, terracotta figurines, and marble statutes, she shows that children and childhood became more prominent in the visual material record from the late fifth century BC, a time during which children became a matter of parental and state concern. Looking at the literary and epigraphical evidence, Bobou argues that statues of children were important for transmitting civic values to future citizens, serving as paradigms of behaviour and standing testament to the strength and future of a community. Created by adults, the statues reveal much about adult ideology and values during this period, and the expectations and hopes placed on children. The combination of icographic studies and examination of the original locations in which statues were placed highlights the importance of children in Hellenistic society as well as their connection with specific areas of civic and social life.
- Author BiographyOlympia Bobou is a classical archaeologist and Research Assistant in the Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Her interests include the study of family life in the past, gender representation, and use of spaces in sanctuaries and necropoleis.
- Author(s)Olympia Bobou
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication22/01/2015
- Series TitleOxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note55 in-text illustrations and catalogue with 135 images
- Weight914 g
- Width225 mm
- Height282 mm
- Spine18 mm
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