that during the Empire children played with pets, toys and their
There are mosaics
and paintings that show children of Rome playing various games.
There are even some writings that describe children at play. The
writings of Horace talks about children riding hobbyhorses, building
play houses and even making little carts and hitching mice up to them to
pull them around.
Roman children played with balls and
kites and made hoops with pieces of metal on them so that when they
rolled they chimed like bells. Mostly though, boys played war
type games. They practiced with wooden swords and played conquer
Troy. Children would also make small figures and play with
them. Girls played with dolls. Poorer children made rag
dolls while the richer children had dolls of clay or wax some even had
joints to bend and pose.
Dogs were a favorite pet of Romans but
were not the only ones. Birds, including pigeons ducks and geese,
were also pets. Late in the empire period, cats became common and
might have been pets.
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