1-24-08 Roman Childhood

1-24-08 Roman Childhood - CHILDBIRTH Roman women gave birth...

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CHILDBIRTH - Roman women gave birth sitting up, with midwives attending. - A standard Roman maxim among the wealthy dictated that families have 3 children. - The infant mortality rate was 50%. - Children could also readily succumb to other childhood diseases. - Newborns could be killed or sold, and deformed children were regularly killed or sold. - According to tradition, after birth a child should be left alone to cry. - If it survived, then it would be cleaned and dressed. - In Germanic parts of the Empire, tradition was to put newborns in cold water. - Children legally belonged to the father. - A Roman took a children, he did not have a child. - By acknowledging a child, a Roman took it as his own. - Adoptions, even of other adults, were common. - Dissatisfaction with natural born children sometimes led to adoption of a preferred hair. - Natural born heirs could be disowned in favor of those who would increase the estate. -
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