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Monday, October 24, 2016

Archaeologists have received new information about the traditions of infanticide in Ancient Rome

Large number of children’s bones, revealed by excavation of ancient cities, has long been considered evidence of an incredibly violent ancient traditions. However, experts from Durham University and two British museums came to the conclusion that in fact, infanticide was the largest in the state Antiquity is not such a widespread phenomenon, according to some other experts.

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Until now it was believed that in Ancient Rome it was quite common practice to decide whether to raise a newborn baby, and often the decision was made to leave him to die. Some historians even suggest that to grow obviously sick children in the country was prohibited by law. Scientists have been trying to explain how one of the most advanced States of his time could be so savage, in the current presentation, and customs. Among the probable reasons for infanticide historians call the desire to “save” the child from disease or poverty in the future, as well as a few different worldview of ancient people — for them the newborn baby was not fully human, possessing all the rights due to him.

Anyway, the experts, for the most part, followed the path of justification, not denial of such repulsive practices as infanticide. But a new study by British archaeologists questioned the fact that the ill tradition was in Ancient Rome was widespread. To this end, they resorted to a rather young method of analysis x-ray microtomography. Applying it to some of the remains of children, the researchers came to the conclusion that they were not killed or left to die in infancy, and were born dead. This is evidenced by the fact that the bones of the children were not exposed to their own gut bacteria.

Thus, the researchers came to the conclusion that infanticide as a phenomenon in Ancient Rome, in all likelihood really existed, but the spread of this largely overrated.

The results scientists reported in the pages of scientific publications Journal of Archaeological Science.


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