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Gymnastics of the Mind


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List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Abbreviations xiii INTRODUCTION 1 PART ONE CHAPTER 1: Models of Schooling 15 CHAPTER 2: The Teachers and Their Burden 45 CHAPTER 3: Women and Education 74 CHAPTER 4: Parents and Students 102 PART TWO CHAPTER 5: Tools of the Trade:Teachers 'Models,Books,and Writing Materials 127 CHAPTER 6: The First Circle 160 CHAPTER 7: The Teaching of the Grammarian:Content and Context 185 CHAPTER 8: Learning to Fly:Rhetoric and Imitation 220 CONCLUSION 245 Select Bibliography 253 Index 265 Index Locorum 269

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This is a significant contribution, bringing together disparate material and offering new perspectives on the curriculum. I particularly applaud the attention to rhetoric. -- Glen W. Bowersock, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton There is no one better positioned to write on the education of post-Classical antiquity than Raffaella Cribiore. Gymnastics of the Mind is a Herculean effort. -- Ann Ellis Hanson, Yale University

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Raffaella Cribioreis Associate Curator of Papyri and Adjunct Associate Professor of Classics at Columbia University. She is the author of "Writing, Teachers, and Students in Graeco-Roman Egypt".


Winner of the 2004 C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit, American Philological Association "I have learned a tremendous amount from this book... [It] is eminently accessible not only to all varieties of classicists but also to nonclassicists with an interest in educational practices. For specialists in ancient education, the largely unprecedented detail of Cribiore's description and analysis and the numerous new conclusions ought to provoke much discussion and debate."--Philomen Probert, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "This is a vivid, engaging, attractively written introduction to ancient education that makes accessible a great deal of useful evidence."--Teresa Morgan, American Historical Review "This study is that rara avis, a scholarly book that manages to convey the breadth of its author's learning as well as her command of details in such a way as to appeal to a wide audience. Throughout the book Cribiore's interest in her subject matter comes through clearly, and complex issues are dealt with gracefully. Touches of gentle humor and sympathy humanize but never overwhelm even the most technical aspects of the evidence... I do not think it an exaggeration to say that most of us will learn something on just about every page."--Stephen M. Trzaskoma, New England Classical Journal

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