Athenian Education in the Second through Fourth Centuries

Edward J. Watts

in City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520244214
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931800 | DOI:
Athenian Education in the Second through Fourth Centuries

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Athens was home to one world-class industry, which brought great fame by attracting wealthy teachers and students to the city. Education was, however, an industry that directly employed few people and, since many of the teachers were not native Athenians, it involved even fewer natives of the city. Students helped the city's fortunes by spending their allowances but, for most Athenians, the students and their habitual rioting probably inspired more hate than love. This created a peculiar dynamic within the city. Education, the most lucrative Athenian industry, was the source of some of the most intractable local problems. As a result, the regulation and control of education became one of the most important Athenian concerns. The growing wildness of the Athenian schools, professors, and students alike, at the turn of the fourth century, came at a time when the imperial government was becoming increasingly interested in the activities of teachers.

Keywords: Athens; philosophy; education; professors; students

Chapter.  12615 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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