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Juvenile Delinquency Existence in the Greco-Roman WorldJuvenile delinquency is a social problem that is widely recognized bysociologists as well as the general public This problem of juvenile delinquency hasnot only existed in current history but is one that probably predates even ancienthistory As for this study I will concentrate on juvenile delinquencys existence in theGreco-Roman world and at times I will draw some comparisons to todays society There were many social situations of the Greco-Roman world that contributed to theexistence of juvenile delinquency In regards to this paper juvenile delinquency can bedefined as any act committed by a juvenile that is according to the legal system ofthe time punishable by law First let me give attention to the fact that in the Greco-Roman worldthere was no such classification as Juvenile Delinquency The reason for this non-recognition wasdo chiefly to the fact that the ancient world was almost wholly incapableof identifying a social trend formulating a social theory or implementing asocial policy What the modern world identifies as social ills such asvagrancy homelessness divorce illegitimacy and delinquency could only be discussed on the individual and personnel level Theythe social illscould not be perceived as phenomena embedded in society as a wholeNor could they be discussed within a conceptual or theoretical framework due largely to the simple fact that the Greeks and Romans did not keep statistics on such matters Garland 1-2Social trends were not recognized or recorded therefore juvenile delinquency is adifficult topic to investigate but through other sources some conclusions can be made These other sources include descriptions of the people events of the times as well aspopular mythology of the time Even without a formal recognition it does becomeclear that juvenile delinquency was a large problem that existed in both Greece andRome Dealing first in Greece the story of Ariston as told by the orator and politicianDemosthenes is a clear example Ariston a young man living in classical Greece had been the victim
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