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The Manual and the Child

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255760.003.0005
The Manual and the Child

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This chapter focuses on two manuals of education of the late first century ad: the Institutio oratoria (The Orator's Education) of Quintilian; and the De liberis educandis (On the Education of Children), written by a student or follower of Plutarch. Despite their manifest differences of scope and detail—the follower of Plutarch writes an essay urging fathers to delegate but supervise their sons' literary education, while Quintilian offers a nearly encyclopedic guide to the training of the speaker/writer—both texts communicate an imperial educational ideology. As prescriptive manuals of nurture, they contribute to a hierarchy of knowledge and labor in the complex and differentiated world of the early empire. Both also celebrate the ancient traditions of rhetoric and philosophy, yet they do not simply synthesize Hellenistic manuals of rhetoric.

Keywords: education manuals; Institutio oratoria; Quintilian; De liberis educandis; Plutarch

Chapter.  14466 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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