The Evidence of Statius' Silvae
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.
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