An Analysis of Child Sexual Abuse During the Byzantine Empire
By Lorissa Kingston
Byzantium as a context for Social Studies Research ￼(2013)
During the Byzantine Empire, child sexual abuse was more prevalent and less stigmatized than it is today.
The primary source included in this paper is a fresco in the Gratsanitsa Monastery (Serbia) of Princess Simonis. It is used to illustrate the youth and status of Princess Simonis as an example for the arguments in this paper.
The secondary sources include a variety of published articles from the journal Child Abuse & Neglect as well as a highly influential book detailing different aspects of children and childhood of the Byzantine Empire.
In researching for this particular issue of interest, my sources indicate some definite limitations to my findings. Having up to date information about today’s child abuse patterns from strictly Canada and the United Kingdom is the first limitation. Although this information gives us good indications of the prevalence of child abuse in our society, there are many different societies left unrepresented. In reality, there are some cultures in which some of the abuse promoting activities discussed in this article are practiced today. Considering this information, it might be more appropriate to state that: in Byzantium, child abuse was more prevalent and less stigmatized than it is today in Canada (or whichever place you determine).