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A History Of Education In Antiquity (Wisconsin Studies in Classics) Paperback – April 15, 1982
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In the third section, Marrou details how Greek methods and topics of education were adopted by Roman society, with some differences and modifications. For example, the Romans had very little use for physical education, whereas physical education had formed a core element of Greek education. Another difference was the status given to teachers; in Roman society, teachers were well-respected and many used the teaching profession as a stepping stone to gain high political appointments. Paralleling the topics of the second section, this section includes information about the subject areas studied and the institutions were education took place.Read more ›
Marrou was a great product of French education and a great thinker on it. What he says of studying the Greeks, we can as well say of studying him today: "The fecundity of historical knowledge lives above all in the dialogue it creates in us between the Same and the Other". (I hope you did not think that "the Same and the Other" were postmodern ideas. The phrase is already in Plato's Timaeus.)
Present and past illuminate each other. Hitler's Germany teaches us not to naively admire the militarist slave-state of Sparta. Other ancient examples were just the thing, in 1948, to "reanimate the flame of liberty in the hearts of the young". Here is tremendous erudition aiming at the love of freedom. Not a bad idea today either.
This book is a history of Greek education and is still frequently cited. No more recent study seems to have supplanted it yet and none seem to still be in print. For the content of the book you can look into it here at amazon.com.
The French history I stress is mostly found in the introduction but for Marrou it is all our history. If you read the book in French (you can get it at amazon.fr) you will feel like you are in Paris, indeed an austere post-war Paris which no longer exists. But that is not necessary. Read it in any language to learn something of:
"Wisdom---this admirable word which we have forgotten and which the example of the ancients may help us to recover."
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The book arrived in a timely manner and was in excellent condition. It was wrapped in plastic as if new. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samuel Andersen