Meeting the death in childhood



Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description In ancient societies the mortality rate was at a far higher level than as we know it today. Childhood especially was a very dangerous phase of life and children were faced with death much more often - as potential victims as well as witnesses of death of others in their family or community. Death was a rather common occurrence, and not some distant abstract. The Romans considered childhood (among other things) as a tender age requiring forming and protection. Can we trace any forms of “protection from death” – ritual, physical or psychological? And more importantly – can we (using an interdisciplinary approach) learn more about these children as witnesses to death in Roman society and about the child’s experience of death and his/her agency when facing it?
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