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Unformatted text preview: ChAD 106 Discussion #1 The Middle Ages The Roman Empire: From mother's womb to last will and testament (Veyne, 2003) Directions: Discuss the following topics with your group. Choose one member to
record a summary of your group's responses. Exposing the infant a) What does it mean when the article states "A citizen of Rome did not "have" a child; he "took" a child..." (Veyne, 2003, p. 9)? b) What were the reasons that an infant might be exposed? c) What were some differences in exposure between the different social classes? Birth and Contraception a) What kind of contraception was used in this time period? Was it effective? b) Do their beliefs about contraception still hold true today? Education a) Discuss the role that nurses ("pedagogues") played in the lives of children. b) Is there an equivalent to this role in our society today? Adoption a) Does it seem that adoption was common during this time period? b) What were the reasons that one might adopt a child? School a) What are some similarities and differences between schools in the Middle Ages and schools today? b) Discuss the gender differences in schooling. Adolescence a) "At age fourteen he shed his child's clothing... " (Veyne, 2003, p. 21). The first paragraph of this section discusses how males were expected to be accomplished in adolescence. What are your thoughts on this? Youth a) Discuss the "privileges of youth," or behaviors that were acceptable for young men in this time period. Compare to the "privileges of youth" in today's society. Patricide a) Males "remained under the authority of [their] fathers" as long as their fathers were alive (Veyne, 2003, p. 27). If you lived in the Middle Ages, would you rather be controlled by your father in the ways suggested in the article, or be disinherited? ...
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