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A History of Education in Antiquity
H. I. Marrou
Translated from the French by George Lamb

“In this survey, Professor Marrou of the Sorbonne traces the development of Greek education from Homer to the classical period of the Hellenistic age which represents the high point of ancient education. He studies the Hellenistic period with great thoroughness using recent archaeological discoveries and his vast classical erudition to bring to light every detail of organization and method. Then he traces the further development of Roman and early Christian education up to the early Middle Ages.”—Library Journal

“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

“Professor Marrou’s work, first published in France in 1948, has, in spite of its profound scholarship, all the Gallic sweetness and light . . . Marrou is too broad a scholar not to have a useful knowledge of modern educational theory. This increases the value to an educationist of a book which is indispensable for the classical historian . . . Perhaps the greatest single merit of his book is that it enables us to visualize, in panoramic form, the unity and continuity of the ancient world—a unity hidden from us by the volume of classical literature that has disappeared and the relatively few bundles of papyri that remain. ‘We must not,’ he writes, ‘try to judge the Roman achievement according to the Hegelian category of becoming. Rome’s own point of view is entirely classical, and she saw herself sub specie aeternitatis, in the eternal light of an eternal present.’ It is this unchanging aspect of classicism, of a literary culture portentous and lopsided yet of an immutable splendour, that M. Marrou has emphasized so magnificently.”—Times Literary Supplement

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May 1982
LC: 91-026346 LA
484 p
p.   5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN-10: 0-299-08814-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-08814-9
Paper $29.95 x

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