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Children in the Hellenistic World: Statues and Representation (Olympia Bobou) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2015) 9780199683055
Children in the Hellenistic World: Statues and Representation (Olympia Bobou) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2015) 9780199683055
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Title: Children in the Hellenistic World: Statues and Representation

Author: Bobou, Olympia

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2015

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199683055

Volumes: 1; Pages: 456

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In this volume, Bobou offers a systematic analysis of ancient Greek statues of children from the sanctuaries, houses, and necropoleis of the Hellenistic world in order to understand their function and meaning. Comparing images of children in reliefs, terracotta figurines, and marble statutes, she shows that children and childhood became more prominent in the visual material record from the late fifth century BC, a time during which children became a matter of parental and state concern.Looking at the literary and epigraphical evidence, Bobou argues that statues of children were important for transmitting civic values to future citizens, serving as paradigms of behaviour and standing testament to the strength and future of a community. Created by adults, the statues reveal much about adult ideology and values during this period, and the expectations and hopes placed on children. The combination of iconographic studies and examination of the original locations in which statues were placed highlights the importance of children in Hellenistic society as well as their connection with specific areas of civic and social life.Table of ContentsAcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsAbbreviations1. Introduction2. Locating the Children3. Creating an Image: Age and Gender4. Statues in Sanctuaries5. Statues from Houses and Tombs6. Children in Terracotta7. Children in Reliefs8. ConclusionsCatalogueBibliographyIndex
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