History of Education in Antiquity

History of Education in Antiquity

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H. I. Marrou s "A History of Education in Antiquity" has been an invaluable contribution in the fields of classical studies and history ever since its original publication in French in 1948. French historian H. I. Marrou traces the roots of classical education, from the warrior cultures of Homer, to the increasing importance of rhetoric and philosophy, to the adaptation of Hellenistic ideals within the Roman education system, and ending with the rise of Christian schools and churches in the early medieval period. Marrou shows how education, once formed as a way to train young warriors, eventually became increasingly philosophical and secularized as Christianity took hold in the Roman Empire. Through his examination of the transformation of Greco-Roman education, Marrou is able to create a better understanding of these cultures."

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 142.24 x 218.44 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • University of Wisconsin Press
  • WisconsinUnited States
  • English, French
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0299088146
  • 9780299088149
  • 493,537

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A triumph of humane scholarship, nothing less than a survey of education throughout the ancient world. "New Statesman & Nation ""

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About Henri I. Marrou

H. I. Marrou (1904-1977) was considered to be one of the leading French historians of the mid-twentieth century. He is the author of numerous books, including, "Time and Timeliness" and "The Meaning of History."

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