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The making of infants in Hellenistic and early Roman Italy: a votive perspective

Graham, Emma-Jayne (2013). The making of infants in Hellenistic and early Roman Italy: a votive perspective. World Archaeology, 45(2) pp. 215–231.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2013.799041
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Abstract

Votive deposits from Hellenistic and early Roman central Italy provide valuable evidence for the genuine concerns, fears and hopes of contemporary communities, including experiences and understandings of pregnancy, childbirth and infancy. This paper examines two types of terracotta votive – models of human uteri and swaddled infants – in order to elucidate the significance of the social and religious beginnings of life in ancient Italy. In particular, the study addresses the manner in which these states of being were perceived and produced by both parents and society at large through the treatment of the unborn/newborn body and its representation in the sanctuary.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1470-1375
Extra Information: Special Issue: The Beginnings of Life
Keywords: Hellenistic and Roman Italy; swaddling; votive; infant; birth.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 36725
Depositing User: Emma-Jayne Graham
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 09:31
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36725
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