It is an old idea but not an ancient one. Smacking seems to stem from the cultural view of discipline and control.
The origin is difficult to trace but the idea of maintaining control over a child can be found in religious followings. There is not enough evidence to suggest it goes back into ancient history.
We do not, or should not, go around smacking people if they do something we don’t like so why is it we do it to children?
Have we lost the art of communication and explanation? Children can be responsive if we take the time to explain our “no” to a situation rather than a smack.
It is high time we shake the old thinking of smacking is good and move toward a society which takes the time to explain to a child why something is wrong.
Our children are precious and they are our future.