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Children in the Hellenistic World : Statues and Representation, Hardback Book

Children in the Hellenistic World : Statues and Representation Hardback

Part of the Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology series


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 ofparental 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 statueswere placed highlights the importance of children in Hellenistic society as well as their connection with specific areas of civic and social life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 214 pages, 55 in-text illustrations and catalogue with 135 images
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ancient & classical art,BCE to c 500 CE
  • ISBN: 9780199683055