This week Classics Confidential talks to Dr April Pudsey of Birkbeck College, University of London, about her research into children and childhood in Roman Egypt. April tells us about a new project on the Oxyrhynchus papyri which aims to identify and explore diverse aspects of the ancient experience of childhood [read about it on the PAIDES blog]. We learn about the types of documents that survive amongst the papyri, and the insight that these sources can give us into topics ranging from apprenticeship schemes and ‘epikrisis’ (a public ceremony confirming a boy’s entrance into a privileged social group in the city) to infant mortality and breastfeeding. We also discover why paternal uncles and grandmothers played particularly important roles in a Romano-Egyptian child’s life. To find out more about April’s work see her page on academia.edu 

**Newsflash! On August 10th 2014 April will be taking part in the London-Surrey 100 mile cycle ride to raise money for UNICEF and the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. You can sponsor April on her UNICEF fundraising page**

Follow this link to watch our interview!

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