In ancient Rome, the children of the poor would have awakened at daybreak by a harried mother, but nurses and slaves were the caretakers of wealthy children. Either way, once the sun was glowing in the sky, Roman children would have stumbled out of a sleeping couch and into their clothing. Noble children of both genders wore sandals and white tunics, but the tunics of the boys were bordered in crimson. It's in some dispute whether or not both boys and girls wore birth lockets known as bullas, but it's certain that boys did.
Stephanie Dray's debut historical fiction novel, LILY OF THE NILE , was just release by Berkley Books. The sequel is expected to release at the end of 2011. Both novels are set in the Augustan Age and feature Cleopatra's daughter.