The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910 / Edition 1

The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910 / Edition 1

by Caroline Winterer
     
 

Debates continue to rage over whether American university students should be required to master a common core of knowledge. In The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780–1910, Caroline Winterer traces the emergence of the classical model that became standard in the American curriculum in the nineteenth

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Debates continue to rage over whether American university students should be required to master a common core of knowledge. In The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780–1910, Caroline Winterer traces the emergence of the classical model that became standard in the American curriculum in the nineteenth century and now lies at the core of contemporary controversies. By closely examining university curricula and the writings of classical scholars, Winterer demonstrates how classics was transformed from a narrow, language-based subject to a broader study of civilization, persuasively arguing that we cannot understand both the rise of the American university and modern notions of selfhood and knowledge without an appreciation for the role of classicism in their creation.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878893
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Caroline Winterer is an assistant professor at Stanford University. She is also the author of the book, The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition,1750-1900 (Cornell University Press, 2007).

Johns Hopkins University Press

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Antiquity in the New Nation10
2The Rise of Greece44
3From Words to Worlds, 1820-187077
4Classical Civilization Consecrated, 1870-191099
5Scholarship Versus Culture, 1870-1910152
Epilogue179
Notes185
Works Cited209
Index237

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