chapter  5
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Touching children in Roman Antiquity: the sentimental discourse and the family

Introduction: ancient historians as anthropologists and time travellers It is a common travellers’ experience that one feels like ‘a stranger’ in a different world when people of that other culture share other ways and conventions of bodily interaction. How to greet, to hug or not to hug, how to embrace, how to court, bodily behaviour that may cause embarassment – these are all subjects often discussed in travel books.