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    DescriptionThis book is at once a thorough study of the educational system for the Greeks of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, and a window to the vast panorama of educational practices in the Greco-Roman world. It describes how people learned, taught, and practiced literate skills, how schools functioned, and what the curriculum comprised. Raffaella Cribiore draws on over 400 papyri, ostraca (sherds of pottery or slices of limestone), and tablets that feature everything from exercises involving letters of the alphabet through rhetorical compositions that represented the work of advanced students. The exceptional wealth of surviving source material renders Egypt an ideal space of reference. The book makes excursions beyond Egypt as well, particularly in the Greek East, by examining the letters of the Antiochene Libanius that are concerned with education. The first part explores the conditions for teaching and learning, and the roles of teachers, parents, and students in education; the second vividly describes the progression from elementary to advanced education. Cribiore examines not only school exercises but also books and commentaries employed in education - an uncharted area of research. This allows the most comprehensive evaluation thus far of the three main stages of a liberal education, from the elementary teacher to the grammarian to the rhetorician. Also addressed, in unprecedented detail, are female education and the role of families in education. "Gymnastics of the Mind" will be an indispensable resource to students and scholars of the ancient world and of the history of education.

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    Gymnastics of the Mind
    Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Raffaella Cribiore
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691122526
    ISBN 10: 0691122520

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 431
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    LC classification: DT
    Abridged Dewey: 932
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, HIS002030
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    DC22: 932.02
    BISAC V2.8: EDU016000
    DC22: 370.932
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    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    13 February 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Author Information
    Raffaella Cribioreis Associate Curator of Papyri and Adjunct Associate Professor of Classics at Columbia University. She is the author of "Writing, Teachers, and Students in Graeco-Roman Egypt".
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    Winner of the 2004 C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit, American Philological Association "I have learned a tremendous amount from this book... [It] is eminently accessible not only to all varieties of classicists but also to nonclassicists with an interest in educational practices. For specialists in ancient education, the largely unprecedented detail of Cribiore's description and analysis and the numerous new conclusions ought to provoke much discussion and debate."--Philomen Probert, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "This is a vivid, engaging, attractively written introduction to ancient education that makes accessible a great deal of useful evidence."--Teresa Morgan, American Historical Review "This study is that rara avis, a scholarly book that manages to convey the breadth of its author's learning as well as her command of details in such a way as to appeal to a wide audience. Throughout the book Cribiore's interest in her subject matter comes through clearly, and complex issues are dealt with gracefully. Touches of gentle humor and sympathy humanize but never overwhelm even the most technical aspects of the evidence... I do not think it an exaggeration to say that most of us will learn something on just about every page."--Stephen M. Trzaskoma, New England Classical Journal
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    "This is a significant contribution, bringing together disparate material and offering new perspectives on the curriculum. I particularly applaud the attention to rhetoric."--Glen W. Bowersock, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton"There is no one better positioned to write on the education of post-Classical antiquity than Raffaella Cribiore. "Gymnastics of the Mind" is a Herculean effort."--Ann Ellis Hanson, Yale University
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Abbreviations xiii INTRODUCTION 1 PART ONE CHAPTER 1: Models of Schooling 15 CHAPTER 2: The Teachers and Their Burden 45 CHAPTER 3: Women and Education 74 CHAPTER 4: Parents and Students 102 PART TWO CHAPTER 5: Tools of the Trade:Teachers 'Models,Books,and Writing Materials 127 CHAPTER 6: The First Circle 160 CHAPTER 7: The Teaching of the Grammarian:Content and Context 185 CHAPTER 8: Learning to Fly:Rhetoric and Imitation 220 CONCLUSION 245 Select Bibliography 253 Index 265 Index Locorum 269