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By Beryl Rawson

Photographs of youngsters in Roman society abound: an infant's first bathtub, studying to stroll, twiddling with pets and toys, going to varsity, and--all too often--dying in advance. childrens and youth in Roman Italy argues that during Roman society youngsters have been, in precept and infrequently in perform, welcome, valued and visual. This research builds at the dynamic paintings at the Roman relations that has been constructing in contemporary many years. Its specialize in the interval among the 1st century BCE and the early 3rd century CE presents a context for brand spanking new paintings being performed on early Christian societies, in particular in Rome.

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B. Rose (1997). Representations 35 and daughters. Once Agrippa and Julia had young children to display, they travelled enfamille to the East. 29 It reflected a growing recognition of the status of the provinces as partners in the Roman empire, and of the role of children and family in winning the favour of provincials. In 16 BCE Agrippa and Julia set out with their sons Gaius and Lucius and probably their daughter Julia, the eldest child about 4 years old and the youngest scarcely i. Before their return in 13 they had produced another daughter, Agrippina (the Elder).

We shall see, however, glimpses of such interests in the correspondence of Fronto with the emperor Marcus Aurelius. 45 Bonfante (1997: 183) places the Ara Pacis image of the mother figure (Tellus) with infants in the Italic tradition of private terracotta votive figurines which was noted above. 46 The mother is represented seated and veiled, holding one infant against her body and extending a hand to the other child standing in front of her (Fig. 8). The inscription around 45 An infant's head in the Metropolitan Museum in New York is dated to the Augustan period: Roman Portraits, Metropolitan Museum of Art (1948: pi.

An elaborate altar for the 8-year-old 50 CIL 6. 21846: 'FORMOSA ET SENSV MIRABILIS ET SVPER ANNOS | DOCTA DECENS DVLCIS GRATAQVE BLANDITIIs' ('beautiful and sensitive and learned beyond her years, honourable, sweet, and delightful in her caresses'). I am grateful to Rob Baker, of the University of New England, for his insight into this text. 48 Representations lunia Procula, from the Flavian period, yields an interesting family history51 (Fig. n). On the front of the altar, below the portrait of the girl and quite elaborate sculptural decoration, is the epitaph for Procula, dedicated by her grief-stricken parents ('she left her wretched father and mother in grief).

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