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    The Gymnasium of Virtue: Education & Culture in Ancient Sparta (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome) (Paperback) By (author) Senior Associate Member Nigel M Kennell

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    Description"The Gymnasium of Virtue" is the first book devoted exclusively to the study of education in ancient Sparta, covering the period from the sixth century B.C. to the fourth century A.D. Nigel Kennell refutes the popular notion that classical Spartan education was a conservative amalgam of "primitive" customs not found elsewhere in Greece. He argues instead that later political and cultural movements made the system appear to be more distinctive than it actually had been, as a means of asserting Sparta's claim to be a unique society. Using epigraphical, literary, and archaeological evidence, Kennell describes the development of all aspects of Spartan education, including the age-grade system and physical contests that were integral to the system. He shows that Spartan education reached its apogee in the early Roman Empire, when Spartans sought to distinguish themselves from other Greeks. He attributes many of the changes instituted later in the period to one person--the philosopher Sphaerus the Borysthenite, who was an adviser to the revolutionary king Cleomenes III in the third century B.C.

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    The Gymnasium of Virtue
    Education & Culture in Ancient Sparta
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Senior Associate Member Nigel M Kennell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 241
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9780807858745
    ISBN 10: 0807858749

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27220
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: EDU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.8
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS000000
    BIC subject category V2: JN
    DC22: 370.938
    DC21: 370.938
    BISAC V2.8: EDU016000
    Thema V1.0: JN, NHT
    The University of North Carolina Press
    Imprint name
    The University of North Carolina Press
    Publication date
    01 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Chapel Hill
    Review quote
    Required reading for anyone interested in the study of Greek history and society and in the history of education."History of Education Quarterly"