By Richard Jenkyns
God, house, and town within the Roman mind's eye is a different exploration of the connection among the traditional Romans visible and literary cultures and their mind's eye. Drawing on an unlimited variety of historic resources, poetry and prose, texts, and fabric tradition from all degrees of Roman society, it analyses how the Romans used, conceptualized, considered, and moved round their city.
Jenkyns can pay specific realization to the opposite population of Rome, the gods, and investigates how the Romans skilled and encountered them, with a selected emphasis at the own and subjective features of spiritual lifestyles. via learning inside areas, either secular (basilicas, colonnades, and boards) and sacred areas (the temples the place the Romans seemed upon their gods) and their illustration in poetry, the quantity additionally follows the advance of an structure of the internal within the nice Roman public works of the 1st and moment centuries advert. whereas offering new insights into the operating of the Romans mind's eye, it additionally bargains robust demanding situations to a couple lengthy validated orthodoxies approximately Roman faith and cultural behaviour.
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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'!