ZOOM SEMINAR: The Politics of Childhood in Triumviral Rome
- Date: –16:00
- Location: Via Zoom
- Lecturer: Celia Schultz, Fellow, SCAS. Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
- Contact person: Klas Holm
Celia Schultz, SCAS and University of Michigan, gives a talk on The Politics of Childhood in Triumviral Rome. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
Abstract: As ancient Rome moved from Republic to Empire, everything changed. One aspect of this process long overlooked by historians is the heightened visibility of children – especially young children – in the political arena. In the period of 44-30 BCE, bracketed by the death of Caesar and the death of Antonius, a group of young children participated in the political life of the city in ways that were more extensive, more visible, and more dangerous than anything that had come before. When a society that usually keeps children off the battlefield decides to put its children under arms, it is a sign of desperation; what does it mean when a society that has largely kept very young people out of politics, almost overnight deploys infants and toddlers as part of political strategies? Tracking what happens to the children and stepchildren of the men in charge proves to be a useful index of where power lies at any given moment, of who was the audience for certain statements of unity, and of the extent to which dynastic concerns arose before the establishment of an inherited monarch and how far the events of the period violated established norms.
For more information and the Zoom link, please see the enclosed PDF file or http://www.swedishcollegium.se/subfolders/Events.html.