The Grammar of Our Civility

The Grammar of Our Civility : Classical Education in America

By (author) Lee T. Pearcy


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The pragmatic demands of American life have made higher education's sustained study of ancient Greece and Rome an irrelevant luxury--and this despite the fact that American democracy depends so heavily on classical language, literature, and political theory. In The Grammar of Our Civility , Lee T. Pearcy chronicles how this came to be. Pearcy argues that classics never developed a distinctly American way of responding to distinctly American social conditions. Instead, American classical education simply imitated European models that were designed to underwrite European culture. The Grammar of Our Civility also offers a concrete proposal for the role of classical education, one that takes into account practical expectations for higher education in twenty-first century America.

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 340.2g
  • 17 Aug 2005
  • Baylor University Press
  • Waco
  • English
  • 1932792163
  • 9781932792164
  • 582,634

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Lee T Pearcy is the Director of Curriculum and Lounsbery Chair in Classics at the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania.

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Wearing his immense learning lightly, Lee T. Pearcy cogently and eloquently synthesizes a vast amount of previous scholarship to envision a new form of American classical education. --Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park The Grammar of Our Civility is a cri de coeur on behalf of reestablishing classical studies at the core of a new curriculum, one that draws on the distinctly American contact with the classical tradition. --Ward W. Briggs, Jr., Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics, University of South Carolina

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Retooling classical education to meet distinctly American conditions.

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