A Companion to Ancient Education (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

A Companion to Ancient Education (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

Language: English

Pages: 520

ISBN: 144433753X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Companion to Ancient Education presents a series of essays from leading specialists in the field that represent the most up-to-date scholarship relating to the rise and spread of educational practices and theories in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

  • Reflects the latest research findings and presents new historical syntheses of the rise, spread, and purposes of ancient education in ancient Greece and Rome
  • Offers comprehensive coverage of the main periods, crises, and developments of ancient education along with historical sketches of various educational methods and the diffusion of education throughout the ancient world
  • Covers both liberal and illiberal (non-elite) education during antiquity
  • Addresses the material practice and material realities of education, and the primary thinkers during antiquity through to late antiquity



















broader functionality, since, as mentioned, society had a variety of mechanisms by which those who were less literate could get along, including in rather advanced positions—Petaus, note, did not suffer financially or socially from his learning deficiency. Second, though, it shows how very different the educational outcomes could be even for two brothers from the same, moderately wealthy family (Cribiore 2001: 172). In learning to read and write, there seems to be not only a wide range in the

the lecture halls in the fifth and sixth centuries, as the works of Zacharias Scholasticus and Aineias of Gaza show. Frequently, it was erudition and eloquence—not religion—that united or divided those in the Alexandrian schools. The picture of educational geography in late antiquity has been supplemented by archeology. Excavations carried out in recent years at Kom el-Dikka in central Alexandria have revealed approximately twenty-five rectangular auditoria with rows of seats and a separate

veterinary medical texts being the books of the equine and veterinarian authors of the third to the fifth century CE, collected in the Byzantine period (Corpus Hippiatricorum Graecorum, tenth century). 3. Greece By the second half of the fifth century BCE, Hippocrates’ famous works, together with other texts collected in the first issues of the Corpus Hippocraticum, had become the reference work in the field of medical science. Ancient medicine, a lecture on the subject and method of medical

sexual seduction and resistance, and stylish self-presentation. A man’s sympotic companions, together with his extended family, were likely to form the nucleus of his lifelong associates and political allies; and often they might train and fight alongside one another as well in the hoplite phalanx or cavalry. Any gathering of a “men’s group” might therefore double as a military and a social—and educational—occasion (Cartledge 1981; Murray 1990). Most sympotic groups (which, like choruses, seem

This enthusiasm for what seem to us mind-numbing rote exercises must be set alongside different goals and a different reading environment, as already remarked. In the case of syllabaries, there are three ways by which we can understand these drills as foundational training, consistent with ancient perspectives and contexts (Johnson 2011: 457–460). (1) Systematic exercise in common alphabetic combinations. For the student still hesitant in translating the alphabetic characters to sound, practice

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