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The Ancient Child in School

W. Martin Bloomer

in The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World

Published in print December 2013 | ISBN: 9780199781546
Published online December 2013 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199781546.013.022

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Ancient Child in School

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This chapter offers a child-centered account of the history of education in the Greek and Roman worlds. A sketch of the introduction and adaptation of training in literacy stresses the social purposes of this education. Ancient theory and ancient practice are described, both of which have important consequences for the life of the child and for the idea of the child and childhood. The physical requirements of schooling and the particular skills and attitudes attendant upon these are considered in an evaluation of the curriculum, particularly in the methods of learning to read, write, and speak.

Keywords: Classical education; learning; child; reading; writing; history of education; theory of education

Article.  9130 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Marriage and the Family

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