Education in Ancient Rome: From the Elder Cato to the by Stanley Bonner

By Stanley Bonner

This quantity examines the improvement, constitution and function of schooling from the 3rd century B.C to the time of Trajan, a interval which observed nice alterations in Roman society. whilst initially released it used to be the 1st whole overview of the topic for part a century and used to be in accordance with a brand new assortment and research of old resource fabric. The booklet is split into 3 elements. the 1st offers historic history, exhibiting the results upon the academic procedure of Rome’s transition from a predominantly agricultural neighborhood to a superb city; it lines the advance of basic, grammar and rhetoric faculties, and discusses academic criteria either in early Rome and lower than the Empire, whilst complicated educating used to be extra generally on hand, yet usually adversely plagued by weakening social values and lowered parental keep an eye on. the quantity is going directly to describe the actual stipulations of training – lodging, gear, self-discipline, the industrial place of academics and the fee-paying procedure, and the half performed via the nation. ultimately, he supplies a whole appraisal of the normal instructing programme, from the basic examine of the 3 Rs, to the idea and perform of rhetoric, within which the desires of the long run suggest have been continually borne in brain.

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7] But the Carvilian divorce was exceptional because of its grounds, for the wife had committed no matrimonial offence, and Carvilius claimed that he had sworn before the censors that he had married for the purpose of begetting children. Therefore, it is reasonable to suppose that Gellius, who had looked up the account in a work of the Republican jurist Servius Sulpicius, On Dowries, was on the right lines when he reported that this was the first divorce which led to a legal enactment to protect the wife's interests by enabling her to recover her dowry.

D. after the senator Iulius Graecinus was put to death, his child, Agricola, was reared with the utmost care by his mother, Iulia Procilla, whom Tacitus calls 'a woman of exceptional virtue'. From their home at Forum Iulii (Frejus), she placed him in a good school at nearby Marseilles, and continued to guide and supervise his studies throughout boyhood and youth. [32] But it was not always the bereaved mother on whom the full responsibility fell. Other members of the family might take charge of the children, and the pattern of their early life be changed.

28] From then on, Hellenism continued to flourish at Rome, with profound effects upon its education, its literature, and its thought. From the evidence which concerns the last half-century or so of the Republic, we learn rather more about the background, personalities and activities of some at least of the men who acted as tutors in leading families. Some of them had redeemed an unpromising start in life or had recovered from adverse circumstances. One such scholar was the 26 Education in Ancient Rome Fig.

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