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Infancy and Earliest Childhood in the Roman World'A Fragment of Time'$
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Maureen Carroll

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199687633.001.0001

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The Material Culture of Infancy

The Material Culture of Infancy

(p.82) 4 The Material Culture of Infancy
Infancy and Earliest Childhood in the Roman World

Maureen Carroll

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 explores the range of things that infants used and with which they were surrounded in daily life, even though much of the physical evidence for them comes from funerary contexts. These include items related to their nourishment, such as feeding bottles, but also objects meant to entertain and to protect them, such as toys and apotropaic jewellery. Effigies of swaddled infants dedicated in sanctuaries in Italy and Gaul provide important insight into the clothing and textiles worn by infants. Visual depictions of children provide further information about their infantile possessions and companions, including pets.

Keywords:   swaddling, clothing, cradles, amulets, feeding bottles, toys, votives

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