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Child, Childhood
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A. The conception of childhood and attitude towards the child

In antiquity, numerous terms for the child (in literature, legal language etc.) distinguish stages of childhood (βρέφος/bréphos, παιδίον/paidíon, παῖς/paîs; Lat. infans, puer), stress the different significance of the child to each of its parents (pais/téknon) or the child's unfitness to be held guilty or respo…

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Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel), “Child, Childhood”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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