By Stanley Bonner
This quantity examines the improvement, constitution and function of schooling from the 3rd century B.C to the time of Trajan, a interval which observed nice alterations in Roman society. whilst initially released it used to be the 1st entire assessment of the topic for part a century and was once in response to a brand new assortment and research of historic resource fabric. The ebook is split into 3 components. the 1st presents old historical past, displaying the consequences upon the tutorial approach of Rome’s transition from a predominantly agricultural group to an exceptional city; it strains the advance of fundamental, grammar and rhetoric faculties, and discusses academic criteria either in early Rome and below the Empire, while complicated instructing was once extra largely to be had, yet usually adversely laid low with weakening social values and lowered parental regulate. the quantity is going directly to describe the actual stipulations of educating – lodging, apparatus, self-discipline, the industrial place of academics and the fee-paying procedure, and the half performed via the kingdom. ultimately, he provides a whole appraisal of the traditional educating programme, from the straight forward research of the 3 Rs, to the idea and perform of rhetoric, during which the wishes of the longer term suggest have been always borne in brain.
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33] During this period of the later Republic, there is clear evidence that not only the sons but also the daughters of the upper classes benefited from the higher education which tutors could provide. Pompey the Great, for instance, had two sons, Gnaeus and Sextus, and also a daughter, Pompeia, by his third wife Mucia. ) by a Greek scholar named Aristodemus of Nysa (in Caria), who subsequently returned to his native city to teach, and numbered the geographer Strabo among his pupils; but Pompeia also was taught by a tutor, for when Pompey returned from the East in 61, it was he who selected a passage of Homer for her to read aloud to her father.
The origins and early development of primary schools at Rome form a subject of interesting speculation, but not one on which it is possible to be at all dogmatic. C.  But we cannot be at all sure that either of these writers had any substantial evidence which would have proved what they say. Plutarch, however, is more explicit. In a section of that curious collection of miscellaneous queries entitled Roman Questions, he states that in the very earliest times teaching was regarded as a service, and an honourable one, 'for people taught their friends and relatives only'.
35] Not long after this, Pompey divorced Mucia for infidelity during his absence, and married Caesar's daughter Julia. C. Julia died in childbirth. He then married a girl so much younger than himself that people said that he was 'old enough to be her father'.  Clearly, she too must have had her private tutors, and the education of girls to a high standard was by now by no means uncommon. Plutarch's wry comment on this subject is rather amusing; after praising Cornelia's accomplishments and beauty, the approving sage adds: 'and besides this, she had a nature which was free from that unpleasant officiousness which such accomplishments are apt to impart to young women'!