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A Companion to Ancient Education

A Companion to Ancient Education

W. Martin Bloomer (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-99741-3 June 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 520 Pages




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

Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction 1
W. Martin Bloomer

PART I Literary and Moral Education in Archaic and Classical Greece 5

1 Origins and Relations to the Near East 7
Mark Griffith

2 The Earliest Greek Systems of Education 26
Mark Griffith

PART II Accounts of Systems 61

3 Sophistic Method and Practice 63
David Wolfsdorf

4 Socrates as Educator 77
David K. O’Connor

5 Spartan Education 90
Anton Powell

6 Athens 112
David M. Pritchard

7 Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy 123
Gretchen Reydams-Schils

PART III The Spread and Development of Greek Schooling in the Hellenistic Era 135

8 Learning to Read and Write 137
William A. Johnson

9 School Structures, Apparatus, and Materials 149
Raffaella Cribiore

10 The Progymnasmata and Progymnasmatic Theory in Imperial Greek Education 160
Robert J. Penella

11 The Ephebeia in the Hellenistic Period 172
Nigel M. Kennell

12 Corporal Punishment in the Ancient School 184
W. Martin Bloomer

PART IV The Roman Transformation 199

13 Etruscan and Italic Literacy and the Case of Rome 201
Daniele F. Maras

14 Schools, Teachers, and Patrons in Mid-Republican Rome 226
Enrica Sciarrino

15 The Education of the Ciceros 240
Susan Treggiari

16 Late Antiquity and the Transmission of Educational Ideals and Methods: The Greek World 252
Elzbieta Szabat

17 Late Antiquity and the Transmission of Educational Ideals and Methods: The Western Empire 267
Ilaria L. E. Ramelli

PART V Theories and Themes of Education 279

18 The Persistence of Ancient Education 281
Robin Barrow

19 The Education of Women in Ancient Rome 292
Emily A. Hemelrijk

20 The Education of Women in Ancient Greece 305
Aleksander Wolicki

21 Isocrates 321
James R. Muir

22 Plutarch 335
Sophia A. Xenophontos

23 Quintilian on Education 347
W. Martin Bloomer

24 Challenges to Classical Education in Late Antiquity: The Case of Augustine of Hippo 358
Hildegund Müller

PART VI Non-Literary and Non-Elite Education 373

25 Education in the Visual Arts 375
J. J. Pollitt

26 Mathematics Education 387
Nathan Sidoli

27 Musical Education in Greece and Rome 401
Stefan Hagel and Tosca Lynch

28 Medicine 413
Herbert Bannert

29 Sport and Education in Ancient Greece and Rome 430
Sarah C. Murray

30 Roman Legal Education 444
Andrew M. Riggsby

31 Toys and Games 452
Leslie J. Shumka

32 Slaves 464
Kelly L. Wrenhaven

33 Masters and Apprentices 474
Christian Laes

34 Military Training 483
Preston Bannard

Index 496