Pedagogy and Power: Rhetorics of Classical Learning

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This book examines ideals of classical learning in order to make a significant and provocative contribution to current and past discussions on the role of education in society why we teach and learn what we do. Essays by classicists, historians, philosophers and literary scholars argue for seeing the history of ancient education as an aspect of political theory and history, the figure of the teacher and of the student being inevitably implicated in various structures of intellectual, social and political authority.
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"This volume is a highly readable exploration of the political dimensions of Greco-Roman education and its subsequent models. Too's and Livingstone's project is a number of cuts above the ordinary edited collection of essays in both its selection of contributors and, not the least of virtues in these word-processor-driven days, in its editing. Strongly recommended for scholars and teachers in the humanities generally." James Tatum, Religious Studies Review

"...impressive interdisciplanary scholarship, deserving of study by scholars in History, English and other language studies as well as Classics. It should stand as proof against those who would put Classics to use in conservative efforts to retrench in the face of contemporary studies in pedagogy, gender, class and national identity." Joy Connolly, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521038010
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2007
  • Series: Ideas in Context Series, #50
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
1 Classics: from discipline in crisis to multi-cultural capital 16
2 Schoolboys and gentlemen: classical pedagogy and authority in the English public school 29
3 'Die Zung' ist dieses Schwert': classical tongues and gendered curricula in German schooling to 1908 47
4 'What does that argue for us?': the politics of teaching and political education in late eighteenth-century dialogues 67
5 Women and classical education in the early modern period 83
6 Pilgrimage to Parnassus: local intellectual traditions, humanist education and the cultural geography of sixteenth-century England 110
7 'Not so much praise as precept': Erasmus, panegyric, and the Renaissance art of teaching princes 148
8 Teachers, pupils and imperial power in eleventh-century Byzantium 170
9 Reading power in Roman Greece: the paideia of Dio Chrysostom 192
10 Children, animals, slaves and grammar 214
11 A good man skilled in politics: Quintilian's political theory 245
12 The voice of Isocrates and the dissemination of cultural power 263
13 Xenophon's Cyropaedia: disfiguring the pedagogical state 282
Select bibliography 303
Index 314
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