In Roman Egypt, 14-year-old boys were enrolled in a youth organization in order to learn to be good citizens. Ville Valtteri Vuolanto, social historian and historian of ideas, has joined forces with Dr April Pudsey of the University of Newcastle to dive deep into a mass of material of around 7,500 ancient documents written on papyrus. The texts comprise literary texts, personal letters and administrative documents. Never before has childhood been researched so systematically in this type of material. The research is part of the project ‘Tiny Voices from the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe‘.
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