Humanism and Education in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: Tradition and Innovation in Latin Schools from the Twelfth to the Fifteenth Centuryby Robert Black
Pub. Date: 09/01/2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The claim, central to many interpretations of the Renaissance, that humanists introduced a revolution in the classroom is refuted in Robert Black's masterly survey, based on over 500 manuscript school books. He shows that the study of classical texts in schools reached a high point in the twelfth century, followed by a collapse in the thirteenth as universities rose in influence. It was not until the later 1400s that humanism had a significant impact in the schoolroom, as Italian teaching, particularly at elementary levels, remained strongly traditional throughout the fifteenth century.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Editorial note regarding citations from manuscripts and publications; A note on chronological terminology; Introduction; 1. Italian Renaissance education: an historical perspective; 2. The elementary school curriculum in medieval and Renaissance Italy: traditional methods and developing texts; 3. The secondary grammar curriculum; 4. Latin authors in medieval and Renaissance Italian schools: the story of a canon; 5. Reading Latin authors in medieval and Renaissance Italian schools; 6. Rhetoric and style in the school grammar syllabus; Appendices; Bibliography; Index of manuscripts; General index.
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