Ancient and Modern Childhood Essay

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There are many cultures that believe that children are the key factor to the future of their civilization. Are we so different? As we know there are many differences in our cultures but humanity has one goal in mind; to pass on their traditions and culture of their people to others so that their country’s legacy will live on through them and others like them. Raising a child does not only effect the child’s decisions on how they will take on the world, but on how the child did in the world will reflect on how well the child’s family did on raising them. How different are our cultures when it comes to raising our children? My essay will examine the differences in several different cultures. Since the beginning of modern civilization people …show more content…
All wealthier girls were taught a domestic education, but the most highly educated girls were taught to be interesting companions for men that could afford to maintain them. Poor male children were expected to work in the family business with the intent of someday taking it over and be able to run it with the experience that they had learned over the past years. This was an on-going family cycle for the male child that was a member of a family that did not have the means of wealth. Another responsibility that was laid on the child depended on the gender of that child. If the child was male he was expected to carry on the family name and business, as stated above. If the child was female she was expected to bear children, as many children as she could possibly bear, because the Greeks believed in the large families. Marriages were arranged by the father of the bride and sacrifices were made to Hera, Zeus, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Peitho. The bride was taught her new duties at her new home by the slaves and was not allowed to leave her home. The martial contract was negotiated between the groom and the groom’s father. The bride’s dowry was given to the father’s brother, because the women were not allowed to own property. Ancient Italy has given its

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