Education: Speaking, Thinking, and Socializing

Edward Watts

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Education: Speaking, Thinking, and Socializing

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This article explores the literary and social aspects of education in Late Antiquity. It begins with a general discussion of the nature of teaching. It then focuses on elite literary education, the best documented and most influential teaching in the late antique world. It describes the nature of the curriculum and the places where teaching occurred. It examines how teachers and their students crafted a distinctive scholastic social world with a unique hierarchy and rules. It concludes by considering Christian responses to an educational system that retained strong pagan influences while influencing the ways that students perceived their world.

Keywords: Late Antiquity; late antique education; literary education; social aspects; teaching; Christians

Article.  9420 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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