Philippe Ariés


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Philippe Ariès (21 July 1914, Blois – 8 February 1984, Paris) was a French medievalist and historian of the family and childhood, in the style of Georges Duby. Ariès has written many books on the common daily life. His most prominent works regarded the change in the western attitudes towards death.

Ariès regarded himself as a "right-wing anarchist". He was initially close to ... more »

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  • In 1600 the specialization of games and pastimes did not extend beyond infancy; after the age of three or four it decreased and disappeared. From then on the child played the same games as the adult, ...
    Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 4 (1962).
  • Until the end of the Middle Ages, and in many cases afterwards too, in order to obtain initiation in a trade of any sort whatever—whether that of courtier, soldier, administrator, merchant or wor...
    Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 4 (1962).
  • The first typical adolescent of modern times was Wagner's Siegfried. : the music of Siegfried expressed for the first time that combination of (provisional) purity, physical strength, naturism, sponta...
    Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1962).
  • It is as if, to every period of history, there corresponded a privileged age and a particular division of human life: "youth" is the privileged age of the seventeenth century, childhood of the ninetee...
    Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1962).
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