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This is the sentence that this phrase appears in.

Finally, there are writers for whom Ban Zhao is neither heroine nor villain, but simply a child of her times.

I thought this meant Ban Zhao was gullible and didn't understand the world around her. Hence, she is labeled as a "child"

Could someone please tell me what this phrase actually means?

Thank you very much.

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Ban Zhao is sometimes called a Confucian feminist, but she was famous for a treatise she wrote called "Lessons for Women", which pretty much taught that women should be obedient to their husbands.

child of her times

...means that her thoughts and views were created during her formative period as a child by the circumstances and daily reality that surrounded her, as well as by the philosophy that supported paternalism and permeated Chinese thinking of the time.

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