chapter  6
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Being a niece or nephew: children’s social environment in Roman Oxyrhynchos

Introduction Children experience the world largely through their relationships with other people, especially with peer relationships and those adults closest to them; their negotiation of these relationships is conditioned by child-and age-specific physiological, psychological and cultural circumstances.1 However, these major aspects of children’s lives in Antiquity are typically difficult to grasp, largely because of the focus of ancient sources on adult concerns, though not entirely beyond our reach. Our aim in this chapter is to examine one aspect of children’s social relationships in Antiquity from the rich source material of Roman Egypt – the relationships between children and their aunts and uncles.