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<i>Delicia</i>-Children Revisited

Christian Laes

in Children, Memory, and Family Identity in Roman Culture

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582570
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582570.003.0011
Delicia-Children Revisited

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The chapter is a socio-cultural study on Roman pet children, based on a minute analysis of Statius' poetry. It shows how Roman owners of delicia coped with the low social status of these pet children, and how they tried to mask this status. Further, attention is paid to the physical and emotional depiction of these children, as well as to how they served the self-fashioning of their patrons or the poet. Finally, the question is asked whether it is possible to (re)write history from the side of these pet children themselves.

Keywords: death and mourning; delicia; pet children; poets and patrons; self-fashioning; slaves; Statius

Chapter.  10010 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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