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Children, Memory, and Family Identity in Roman Culture$
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Véronique Dasen and Thomas Späth

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582570.001.0001

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Delicia-Children Revisited

Delicia-Children Revisited

The Evidence of Statius' Silvae

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Children, Memory, and Family Identity in Roman Culture

Christian Laes

Oxford University Press

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

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