Brief History of Ancient Peoples

Brief History of Ancient Peoples

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... authorized by law throughout Greece, except at Thebes. Girls were especially subject to this unnatural treatment. If a child were rescued, it became the property of its finder. The Athenian Bog of good family was sent to school when seven years old, the school-hours being from sunrise to sunset. Until he was sixteen he was attended in his walks by a pedagogue, --usually A GltEEK TABLET. collections of books have been found in tlie remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Some of tliese volumes, although nearly reduced to coal, have by great care been unrolled, and have been published. t The width of the manuscript (varying from six to fourteen inches) formed the length of the page, the size of the roll depending upon the number of pages in a book. When finished, the roll was coiled around a stick, and a ticket containing the title was appended to it. Documents were sealed by tying a string around them and affixing to the knot a bit of clay or wax, which was afterward stamped with a seal. In libraries the books were arranged in pigeon-holes or on shelves with the ends outward; sometimes several scrolls were put together in a cylindrical box with a cover. The reader unrolled the scroll as he advanced, roiling up the completed pages with Ilia other hand (see illustration, p 279) some trusty, intelligent slave, too old for hard work, --who never entered the study room, no visitors, except near relatives of the master, being allowed therein on penalty of death. The boy was first taught grammar, arithmetic, and writing. His chief books were Hesiod and Homer, which he committed to memory. The moral lessons they contained were made prominent, for, says Plato, "Greek parents are more careful about the manner and habits of the youth than about his...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836960
  • 9781236836960