The Gymnasium of Virtue: Education and Culture in Ancient Sparta / Edition 2

The Gymnasium of Virtue: Education and Culture in Ancient Sparta / Edition 2

by Nigel M. Kennell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807858749

ISBN-13: 9780807858745

Pub. Date: 05/01/2007

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The Gymnasium of Virtue is the first book devoted exclusively to the study of education in ancient Sparta, covering the period from the sixth century B.C. to the fourth century A.D. Nigel Kennell refutes the popular notion that classical Spartan education was a conservative amalgam of "primitive" customs not found elsewhere in Greece. He argues instead that

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The Gymnasium of Virtue is the first book devoted exclusively to the study of education in ancient Sparta, covering the period from the sixth century B.C. to the fourth century A.D. Nigel Kennell refutes the popular notion that classical Spartan education was a conservative amalgam of "primitive" customs not found elsewhere in Greece. He argues instead that later political and cultural movements made the system appear to be more distinctive than it actually had been, as a means of asserting Sparta's claim to be a unique society.

Using epigraphical, literary, and archaeological evidence, Kennell describes the development of all aspects of Spartan education, including the age-grade system and physical contests that were integral to the system. He shows that Spartan education reached its apogee in the early Roman Empire, when Spartans sought to distinguish themselves from other Greeks. He attributes many of the changes instituted later in the period to one person—the philosopher Sphaerus the Borysthenite, who was an adviser to the revolutionary king Cleomenes III in the third century B.C.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858745
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
Studies in the History of Greece and Rome Series
Edition description:
2
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction3
Ch. 1In the Track of the Famous Agoge5
Ch. 2Training Up the Youth28
Ch. 3The Contests of the Later Agoge49
Ch. 4The Lycurgan Customs70
Ch. 5The Inventor of the Agoge98
Ch. 6From Artemis to the Dioscuri115
Conclusion143
Appendix 1. Testimonia on the Whipping Contest149
Appendix 2. The Status of Amyclae162
Notes171
Bibliography219
Index235

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