Childhood in ancient Rome: 2,000-year-old Papyri reveal 'scout clubs' and young slaves with the freedom to become apprentices

Nov 14, 2014 1220

Modern scouts learn to 'be prepared' for adult life and it seems that little has changed in almost 2,000 years.

Ancient papyri show that wealthy Roman children were enrolled in a youth organisation in order to learn to be good citizens too.
The documents, which originate from Oxyrhynchos in Egypt, also reveal that poorer children and even slaves became apprentices, while girls remained at home.

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