Mother's Day might be a relatively new holiday, but that doesn't mean parents today are any more deserving of adulation in the form of flowers and gift cards than their counterparts in the ancient world.
No matter in what ancient civilization parents raised their children, they faced a lot of the same challenges. And any advice from those early Imperial China or ancient Mesopotamian mothers could even still apply today.
Although the history of ancient Rome conjures up images of marching armies conquering new territory, ambitious emperors seizing power and bloodthirsty gladiators dueling in the area, parents were still responsible for the somewhat more mundane task of raising children. For parents in the lower classes in ancient Rome, a well-raised child could be a means for them to change their fortunes, assuming the investment in that child's care paid off.
Quintus Sulpicius Maximus was an 11-year-old boy who lived during the first century in ancient Rome. The son of former slaves, Quintus had a knack for Greek poetry, a talent that was encouraged by his parents. But before Quintus had a chance to potentially be the next Ovid, he died in A.D. 94. According to a statue left by his grieving parents, the cause of death was working too hard.