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Education and culture

Menno Fenger and Paul Henman

in Rome in Late Antiquity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780748612390
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651009 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612390.003.0013
Education and culture

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Rome was one of the capitals of education and liberal arts endowed with public libraries. The fourth century was the time when the scroll, the volumen, was gradually making way for the codex, a book of bound pages. This new practice, which was the forerunner of books, offered an incomparable ease of reading by comparison with the volumen, which necessitated continual unrolling and re-rolling, with help from another person. Roman education was marked by strong traditionalism. The characteristics of education were classicism and variety. Augustine and Boethius, to an even greater extent, were learned men capable of writing on many subjects. The chapter also shows that the conversion of great rhetors to Christianity had an incalculable effect on Roman society and the advance of the Christian faith.

Keywords: Rome; education; liberal arts; libraries; volumen; codex; traditionalism; classicism; variety; rhetors

Chapter.  3644 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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