Alcuin and the Rise of the Christian Schools

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Scholarly Press, 1892 - Education, Medieval - 205 pages
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Page 69 - In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Page 96 - Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She...
Page 51 - We exhort you, therefore, not only not to neglect the study of letters, but to apply yourselves thereto with perseverance and with that humility which is well pleasing to God; so that you may be able to penetrate with greater ease and certainty the mysteries of the Holy Scriptures. For as these contain images, tropes, and similar figures, it is impossible to doubt that the reader will arrive far more readily at the spiritual sense according as he is the better instructed in learning. Let there, therefore,...
Page 10 - Refrain,' says the authoritative utterance of the Church of this period, 'refrain from all the writings of the heathen, for what hast thou to do with strange discourses, laws, or false prophets, which in truth turn aside from the faith those who are weak in understanding...
Page 54 - every one should send his son to study letters, and that the child should remain at school with all diligence until he should become well instructed in learning.
Page 12 - Cf. II Corinthians 6: 14-16. 8 De Doctrina Christiana 11.18,40 (Migne, PL, XXXIV, 49 [D], 63 [AB]): " imo verus quisquis bonus verusque christianus est, Domini sui esse intelligat. ubicumque invenerit veritatem.
Page 50 - ... seek to please God by living aright should also not neglect to please him by right speaking. It is written ' by thine own words shalt thou be justified or condemned'; and although right doing be preferable to right speaking, yet must the knowledge of what is right precede right action. Every one, therefore, should strive to understand what it is that he would fain accomplish; and this right understanding will be the sooner gained according as the utterances of the tongue are free from error....
Page 208 - ARISTOTLE. The whole of ancient pedagogy is Professor Davidson's subject, the course of education being traced up to Aristotle, — an account of whose life and system forms, of course, the main portion of the book, — and down from that great teacher, as well as philosopher, through the decline of ancient civilization. An appendix discusses " The Seven Liberal Arts," and paves the way for the next work in chronological sequence, — Professor West's, on Alcuin. The close relations between Greek...
Page 208 - Arts," and paves the way for the next work in chronological sequence, — Professor West's, on Alcuin. The close relations between Greek education and Greek social and political life are kept constantly in view by Professor Davidson. A special and very attractive feature of the work is the citation, chiefly in English translation, of passages from original sources expressing the spirit of the different theories described. ' ' I am very glad to see this excellent contribution to the history of education....
Page 50 - During past years we have often received letters from different monasteries informing us that at their sacred services the brethren offered up prayers on our behalf; and we have observed that the thoughts contained in these letters, though in themselves most just, were expressed in uncouth language, and while pious devotion dictated the sentiments, the unlettered tongue was unable to express them aright.

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