Questions on the Roman Society

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What can you deduce about gender roles in Roman society from this document? When talking about education, it seems as though education was mainly, if not exclusively, slanted for the boy. In fact, ti was generally considered that it was the males who possessed the intelligence and thinking skills, with the rare female (such as Cornelia, the mother of the Gracchi) possessing that acumen. Females generally acted as the nurses as we see in Quintilian's prescription on the type of nurse allocated the child. The female, generally, therefore seemed to be differentiated by a traditional nurturing role and in these nurturing professions, she was expected to , generally, excel better than boys. What aspects of class differences in Roman society can you discern from Quintilian's writing? It seems as though, Quintilian is exclusively addressing himself to a moneyed, upper, aristocratic kind of society and ignoring those who do not fit into that category. On the contrary, those who are excluded act as the nurses, caregivers, and servants of this category. It may be that this epistle is deliberately addressed to a moneyed, aristocratic sample and, therefore, its recommendations are towards an audience. If such is not the case, implications are that the privilege of education and child development described in this epistle existed solely for that kind of people addressed and for none other. They, it sounds like, are the raison d'etre for Roman existence, and others are irrelevant.
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