Children as culprits and criminals : Children in mischief, delict and crime in Roman antiquity



Year of publication 2018
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description A new trend has emerged in the childhood studies of antiquity in approaching the child as an active agent and participant of the life in family and society, as opposed to the traditional view of the child as a mere object in the hands of the adults around. In this paper, I’d like to focus on the dark and violent side of childhood in Roman antiquity, but this time not in the child’s role as a victim, but as a perpetrator. What do we know about the phenomenon of children as active participants in violence in Roman antiquity? How does the society, the law and the family deal with children committing mischief, delicts or crimes? What moves children to those actions? When and how they are responsible? What are the limits of our knowledge?
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