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A thorough discussion of each element of the Byzantine child care system the book closes by showing how Byzantine orphanages provided models for later Western group homes especially in Italy From these renaissance orphan asylums evolved the system of modern European and American religious orphanages until the foster care movement emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century Miller's study of these systems can provide useful models for reforming the troubled child welfare system todayTimothy S Miller is Professor of History at Salisbury University in Maryland He has written or edited numerous books and articles on the Byzantine Empire including The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire and Peace and War in ByzantiumPraise for the bookA very important contribution to Byzantine social and family history Like his other works The Orphans of Byzantium commends Professor Miller as an indefatigable researcher and leading social historian of the Byzantine era This is an original book extensively researched well documented and readable of value to students and teachers of Byzantine civilization and the history of philanthropy and welfare Dr Miller deserves congratulations and our gratitude for making another major contribution to.
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Among the controversial issues in America today is the debate over how best to care for abandoned and neglected children Largely absent from the debate however is any discussion of past practices In this book historian Timothy Miller argues that it is necessary to look at the history of orphanages of their successes and failures and of their complex roles as social institutions for unwanted and homeless childrenIn The Orphans of Byzantium Miller provides a perceptive and original study of the evolution of orphanages in the Byzantine Empire Contrary to popular belief and even expert opinion medieval child welfare systems were sophisticated especially in the Byzantine world Combining ancient Roman legal institutions with Christian concepts of charity the Byzantine Empire evolved a child welfare system that tried either to select foster parents for homeless children or to place them in group homes that could provide food shelter and education Miller discusses how successive Byzantine emperors tried to improve Roman regulations to provide greater security for orphans and notes that they achieved their greatest success when they widened the pool of potential guardians by allowing women relatives to accept the duties of guardianship After.
Summary The Orphans of Byzantium Child Welfare in the Christian Empire
Byzantine studies Demetrios J Constantelos Catholic Historical ReviewTimothy Miller has become an expert on the Byzantine Empire's system of social welfare and here he provides an exhaustive study at a millennium of Byzantine care of orphans Miller's work is by any gauge thorough and while there is not a plethora of evidence on this topic readers can be sure that Miller has carefully analysed what there is Daniel Boice Catholic Library WolrdWhat should a morally responsible society do with orphans Ignore and thus condone possible slavery certain neglect probable death Encourage adoption Institutionalize and therefore confine and marginalize In this handsomely produced text established Byzantine historian Miller Salisbury Univ explicitly addresses a perennial issue of social policy by investigating and assessing the strategies that the classical and Byzantine worlds employed for abandoned or neglected children Miller competently reviews the Hellenistic and Roman legalities and realities that Byzantine church state and private society sought to improve then informatively describes the importance of the orphanage as institution religiously or privately controlled; the sometimes effective encouragement notably by giving female kin greate.