Skip to comments.Infanticide Common in Roman Empire
Posted on 05/05/2011 4:22:17 PM PDT by Little Bill
Before the invention of modern contraception, family planning took the form of a chilling practice.
Infanticide, the killing of unwanted babies, was common throughout the Roman Empire and other parts of the ancient world, according to a new study.
The study, which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Archaeological Science, explains that "until recently, (infanticide) was a practice that was widely tolerated in human societies around the world.
Prior to modern methods of contraception, it was one of the few ways of limiting family size that was both safe for the mother and effective."
Based on archaeological finds, the practice appears to have been particularly widespread in the Roman Empire.
"I think it was tolerated in the Roman world rather than something that was completely acceptable, but it's hard to be sure," lead author Simon Mays told Discovery News.
Mays, a senior scientific officer for the Ancient Monuments Laboratory of English Heritage, and colleague Jill Eyers focused their attention on Yewden Roman villa, otherwise known as "Hambelden." This villa, which dates from the 1st to the 4th century, is located at Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, England.
A previous excavation of Hambleden in 1921 determined that the site has 97 infant burials, the largest number of such burials for any Roman location in Britain. The excavator at the time suspected infanticide "with surreptitious disposal of the bodies."
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Impediments to the means of production! Ping.
We're still doing it here in the United States. If a baby is "accidentally" born during an abortion, and if the "mother" doesn't want the baby, hospitals are allowed to kill it by exposure or disposal in medical waste bins.
There is NO ATTEMPT TO GIVE IT TO THE FATHER, THE FAMILY OF THE BABY, OR TO AN ORPHANAGE. It is, in the words of the liberals, an obligate parasite.
Our POS in our White House is in full approval of this. And, it's done with tax payers' dollars.
And we are feebly trying to stop this carnage in congress. God forgive us.
You must not have read the same books I did.
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It was only a little joke about Rome’s most effective tool: propaganda.
[DISCLAIMER: I Cut & Paste] (This is already happening in the Netherlands, where infanticidewhile technically murderis so widely accepted that Dutch doctors who euthanize babies published the Groningen Protocol, a bureaucratic infanticide checklist for use in deciding which babies can be ethically euthanized.
[AND] Peter Singer made that very point in Practical Ethics:
Regarding newborn infants as replaceable, as we now regard fetuses, would have considerable advantages over prenatal diagnosis followed by abortion. Prenatal diagnosis still cannot detect major disabilities. . . . At present, parents can choose to keep or destroy their disabled offspring only if the disability happens to be detected during pregnancy. There is no logical basis for restricting parents choice to these particular disabilities. If disabled newborn infants were not regarded as having a right to life until, say, a week or a month after birth it would allow parents, in consultation with their doctors, to choose on the basis of far greater knowledge of the infants condition than is possible before birth.
Infanticide also common in the American Empire.
Probably the politicians claimed they wanted infanticide to be “safe, legal, and rare.”
I’ve read that infanticide was common in Europe until recently. It’s probably been common, period.
I would think that childbirth was far more dangerous back in those days. Given that the Roman’s were well versed in poisons, etc., I’m sure there were those who tried to chemically abort.
So what are they impplying? Shall we start the practice up again, it was so great?
It’s sure convenient for the living to advocate policies to kill the yet to be born. Or those close to the end of life for that matter.
Well he will forgive us, but He will also punish us as a nation. It’s been a pretty rough punishment the last few years.
That is the pagan Roman Empire (like the one led by the secular US today) NOT the glorious Christian one after Constantine the Great
I tremble to consider God’s punishment on this sorry nation. Pagan Rome was awful but Carthage and its founder Phoenicia were far more horrible.
Given the already high rate of infant mortality, the estimate of “common” seems wrong. If half of kids didn’t live to 5, 10% died per year for the first five years. So many more children are buried than adults.
If infanticide were common, I would expect far more infant graves again in proportion to young children, since women had so many more children (6-12) in a life time.
Only 97 graves, as one of the largest they’ve found, seems too small to fit their “infanticide was common” mantra.
So many children died that one would rarely need to kill them unless there was an exceptional reason to do so, like keeping a female prostitute unencumbered or the wife killing the slave concubine’s child.
Aren’t there modern cases in Australia of justifying rape and sexual abuse as part of Aboriginal culture?
I was reading a book about the Battle of Canae, and the author claimed tha only the Carthagineans killed their babies.
In Rome slaves were not concidered people as such, Roman citizens were people and operated under Law. If a Roman wanted to kill a slave or its kid that was his option until late in the Empire. It wasn’t sacrifice it was economics.
“Infanticide, the killing of unwanted babies, was common throughout the Roman Empire and other parts of the ancient world, according to a new study.”
Unlike us, they were pagans who didn’t believe in Judaeo-Christian principles.
IIRC, however, it was the prerogative of the father and generally done by taking the child out to a remote location and exposing it to the elements/wildlife.
The Carthaginians used infants (not necessarily their *own*, but still) as human sacrifices to various idols. That is of course denied by their modern apologists, but it remains a fact. Cannae was Hannibal’s greatest victory, but he’s really just the precursor of Arab jihadist invaders of the Middle Ages to the present.
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