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Institute of Historical Research, London, WC1E 3HU, Life-cycles seminar Tuesday 11 March 2014, 17:15 - 19:00, Room 103. Dr Mary Harlow (University of Leicester/University of Copenhagen) Tiny hands, tiny artefacts: did Roman children play with toys? Thinking about children in the past is tricky. For Roman historians it is additionally difficult as no direct evidence of children's experiences of their own lives survive. Most of our evidence comes from the writings of upper class men (fathers) or funerary monuments which conform to iconographic traditions. There is, however, a lot of surviving material culture which arguably formed parts of children's lives. This comes in the form of 'toys', miniature objects, dolls and other like objects. This paper will discuss current ways of looking at such artefacts to think about how we might give children in the past some agency and consider the notion of childhood in the Roman period. We usually go for a drink and a meal afterwards. ALL WELCOME Mary Clare Dr Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich) Dr Tim Reinke-Williams (University of Northampton) Dr Simon Sleight (King's College, London University of Greenwich, a charity and company limited by guarantee, registered in England (reg no. 986729). Registered Office: Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9LS University of Greenwich, a charity and company limited by guarantee, registered in England (reg. no. 986729). Registered office: Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS. -- --