Victorian Classics: Sustaining the Study of the Ancient World

Frank M. Turner

in The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263266
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734854 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Victorian Classics: Sustaining the Study of the Ancient World

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This chapter provides an overview of the history of Victorian classical studies. The teaching and knowledge of the Classics in Britain had expanded throughout the Victorian era as the number of educational institutions grew and as the numbers of people with the aspiration for social mobility through education had similarly expanded. More people wanted some kind of knowledge of the classical languages and the classical world because they provided avenues for advancement in secondary schools, the universities, the church, the military, the professions and the civil service. The chapter also describes the major role played by George Grote in British and European classical study. Grote forged a progressive intellectual identity for the study of ancient languages, literature, philosophy and history. He introduced dynamic modern ideas into classical scholarship and sustained the Classics as a force of modern instruction.

Keywords: classical studies; Classics; classical languages; George Grote; classical scholarship

Chapter.  6151 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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