In Search of the Roman School

W. Martin Bloomer

in The School of Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520255760
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948402 | DOI:
In Search of the Roman School

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This chapter traces the origins of the underestimation of the Roman contribution to schooling, and depicts the early centuries of schooling at Rome as a complex and thriving period. It recalls what Roman cultural etiology and archaeology forgot: the existence of schools before the influx of Hellenistic teachers after Rome's successful wars of the third and second centuries. Scholarly investigation has revealed that Roman archaic culture was bound to a broader Italic cultural community. The native history of the school, rich in symbolic contrasts and dramatic beginnings, deserves serious attention, both for its influence and for its insight into the thinking of Roman educators.

Keywords: Roman education; schooling; cultural etiology; archaeology; Hellenistic teachers; Roman culture; educators

Chapter.  6401 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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