The School of Impudence

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:
The School of Impudence

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Between the century of the first teachers (roughly 240–140 bc) and the efflorescence of literary activity in the first centuries bc and ad, a small hint of the variety of Roman schooling is provided in a notice about a single school. The innovative methods of a rhetorician had so offended the censors of 92 bc that they issued an edict of disapproval. The intended target, Plotius Gallus, may not have inaugurated the practice of training advanced students in making speeches in Latin (without the use of Greek study materials or Greek practice speeches), but this practice, or perhaps his students' success, drew official ire. The censuring of Gallus's school itself constitutes important evidence for the rise of the institution of schooling and its check by official and traditional institutions. This chapter examines the threat perceived in Gallus's school and curriculum.

Keywords: Roman education; schooling; Plotius Gallus; educational method

Chapter.  8243 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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