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Children and Childhood in Classical Athens
What was it like to be a child in ancient Athens? Mark Golden draws on a variety of sources to present a vivid portrait of the private and public lives of children from about 500 to 300 BC. He offers a substantive and methodological contribution to the social history of ancient Athens.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published 1990)
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The research is excellent in regards to his sources and detailing of how he used them. I also enjoy his approach to explain the "typical" history and "typical" analysis, then finding reasons to shoot those conventional ideas down. However, in doing so, he rarely seems to want to form a true thesis and argue it strongly. More-so, when he does, it's not much more solid than the arguments of the historians with whom he disagrees. Furthermore, the chapters are disorganized, notably chapters 4-6 and ...more