A History of Education in Antiquity

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1956 - Education - 466 pages
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H. I. Marrou s A History of Education in Antiquity has been an invaluable contribution in the fields of classical studies and history ever since its original publication in French in 1948. French historian H. I. Marrou traces the roots of classical education, from the warrior cultures of Homer, to the increasing importance of rhetoric and philosophy, to the adaptation of Hellenistic ideals within the Roman education system, and ending with the rise of Christian schools and churches in the early medieval period. Marrou shows how education, once formed as a way to train young warriors, eventually became increasingly philosophical and secularized as Christianity took hold in the Roman Empire. Through his examination of the transformation of Greco-Roman education, Marrou is able to create a better understanding of these cultures.
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Recommended to me by Michael Warren OSB long time teacher of R E at St Johns University Long Island and crusader for a gospel currently covered with irrelevance. Marrou's book is full of insights; detailed but never pedantic scholarship. Read full review

Contents

Education in Homeric Times
3
Spartan Education
14
Pederasty in Classical Education
26
The Old Athenian Education
36
The Pedagogical Revolution of the Early Sophists
46
IdealThe Sophists as EducatorsThe Teachers ProfessionThe Art of Politics
59
itos Political Career and IdealsThe Search for Truth
76
The Masters of the Classical Tradition
79
Lack of Any Real Technical EducationThe
191
Higher Education
206
Conclusion Classical Humanism
217
The Old Roman Education
229
AncestorsFamily EducationEducation for Public LifeThe Roman Moral Ideal
239
The Language Question
255
Chai The Roman Schools
265
Severity and Humanity
272

The Civilization of the Paideia
95
The Educational Institutions of the Hellenistic
102
Decline of the Ephebia in the Hellenistic EraThe Ephebia Outside AthensThe
115
Artistic Education
133
The Primary School
142
Primary Education
150
logiesRecitationBooks Exercisebooks and WritingtabletsWritingCounting
158
Plan and Method of Study of the AuthorsReading and RecitationExplanation of
172
Science
176
eticMusicAstronomyDecline of Scientific StudiesArarus and the ArithmeticMusicAstronomy
184
The Roman Schools
284
The Roman Educational Achievement
292
The Roman State and Education
299
Christianity and Classical Education
314
Appearance of Christian Schools of the Mediaeval
330
Epilogue The End of the School of Antiquity
340
Additional Notes
353
References
453
Analytical Index
461
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About the author (1956)

H. I. Marrou (1904-1977) was considered to be one of the leading French historians of the mid-twentieth century. He is the author of numerous books, including, Time and Timeliness and The Meaning of History.

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