chapter  10
Children’s Rights
Pages 13

Children are always with us but the notion of childhood has been constantly in flux. Western writers on childhood can point to evidence from the earliest times of a tradition which either on the one hand stresses the importance of the education of children – as in Plato’s Republic – or, on the other hand, the almost absolute rule of the father who within Roman family law had the right to kill, abandon or sell his children into slavery.