The Classics in the Medieval and Renaissance Classroom: The Role of Ancient Texts in the Arts Curriculum as Revealed by Surviving Manuscripts and Early Printed Books (disputatio)

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Medievalists and Renaissance specialists contribute to this compelling volume examining how and why the classics of Greek and Latin culture were taught in various Western European curricula (including in England, Scotland, France, Germany, and Italy) from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries. By analyzing some of the commentaries, glosses, and paraphrases of these classics that were deployed in medieval and Renaissance classrooms, and by offering greater insight into pre-modern pedagogic practice, the chapters here emphasize the 'pragmatic' aspects of humanist study. The volume proposes that the classics continued to be studied in the medieval and Renaissance periods not simply for their cultural or 'ornamental' value, but also for utilitarian reasons, for 'life lessons'. Because the volume goes beyond analyzing the educational manuals surviving from the pre-modern period and attempts to elucidate the teaching methodology of the pre-modern period, it provides a nuanced insight into the formation of the pre-modern individual. The volume will therefore be of great interest to scholars and students interested in medieval and Renaissance history in general, as well as those interested in the history of educational theory and practice, or in the pre-modern reception of classical literature.

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Juanita is postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney.

Juanita Feros Ruys is a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. John O. Ward is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney.

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"...this volume is...very readable and extremely useful for those working in a manuscript/incunable context, and for students and teachers of rhetoric, the history of education, and the transmission of the Classics." --Tina Chronopoulos, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2014.03.32

"...this is a valuable contribution to the field that still faces many questions. It promises to, if not solve, then illuminate many of them through a series of high-level contributions covering a wide range of geographical and socio-cultural contexts from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries." --Jelena Todorovic, The Medieval Review, 14.06.04

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