- Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
- Format: Paperback | 496 pages
- Language: English / French
- Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 30mm | 476g
- Publication date: 15 October 1982
- Publication City/Country: Wisconsin
- ISBN 10: 0299088146
- ISBN 13: 9780299088149
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 742,926
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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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."
"He has achieved a rare combination of good writing and masses of information, and in a series of additional notes discusses modern scholarship on the subject. This is a most valuable book."--"Manchester Guardian"