The Problem of Female Infanticide in the Greco-Roman World

  title={The Problem of Female Infanticide in the Greco-Roman World},
  author={Dept . Engels},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={112 - 120}
  • D. Engels
  • Published 1980
  • History, Medicine
  • Classical Philology
A FTER careful analysis of the literary evidence, earlier studies concerning the exposure of children (and any resultant infanticide) have established that the practice was of negligible importance in Greek and Roman society.' Recent attempts to draw conclusions from skeletal remains and other archaeological evidence that suggest male-female sex ratio imbalances and possible high rates of female infanticide are not convincing.2 This analysis will attempt to show that, in fact, a high rate of… Expand
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