This volume examines the development, structure and role of education from the third century B.C to the time of Trajan, a period which saw great changes in Roman society. When originally published it was the first complete review of the subject for half a century and was based on a new collection and analysis of ancient source material. The book is divided into three parts. The first provides historical background, showing the effects upon the educational system of Rome’s transition from a predominantly agricultural community to a great metropolis; it traces the development of primary, grammar and rhetoric schools, and discusses educational standards both in early Rome and under the Empire, when advanced teaching was more widely available, but often adversely affected by weakening social values and diminished parental control. The volume goes on to describe the physical conditions of teaching – accommodation, equipment, discipline, the economic position of teachers and the fee-paying system, and the part played by the State. Finally, he gives a full appraisal of the standard teaching programme, from the elementary study of the three Rs, to the theory and practice of rhetoric, in which the needs of the future advocate were constantly borne in mind.

part |2 pages

Part One: The Historical Background

chapter I|7 pages

Early Roman upbringing

chapter II|10 pages

Education within the family

chapter III|14 pages

Education within the family (continued)

chapter IV|13 pages

Primary schools and 'pedagogues'

chapter V|18 pages

Schools of Grammar and Literature

chapter VI|11 pages

The rhetoric schools and their critics

chapter VII|14 pages

Cicero and the ideal of oratorical education

chapter VIII|7 pages

The Roman student abroad

chapter IX|16 pages

Education in a decadent society

part |2 pages

Part Two: Conditions of Teaching

part |2 pages

Part Three: The Standard Teaching Programme

chapter XIV|9 pages

The Grammatical syllabus

chapter XV|14 pages

The Grammatical syllabus (continued)

chapter XVI|15 pages

Study of the poets

chapter XVII|23 pages

Study of the poets (continued)

chapter XVIII|27 pages

Progress into rhetoric: preliminary exercises

chapter XIX|11 pages

Declamations on historical themes

chapter XX|21 pages

Learning the art of the advocate