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Learning Cities in Late Antiquity

The Local Dimension of Education



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Education in the Greco-Roman world was a hallmark of the polis. Yet, the complex ways in which pedagogical theory and practice intersected with their local environments has not been much explored in recent scholarship. Learning Cities in Late Antiquity suggests a new explanatory model that helps to understand better how conditions in the cities shaped learning and teaching, and how in turn education had an impact on its urban context. Drawing inspiration from the modern idea of `learning cities', the chapters explore the interplay of teachers, learners, political leaders, communities and institutions in the Mediterranean polis, with a focus on the well-documented city of Gaza in the sixth century CE. They demonstrate in detail that formal and informal teaching, as well as educational thinking, responded to specifically local needs, but also exerted considerable influence on local society. With its interdisciplinary and comparatist approach, the volume aims to contextualise ancient education, in order to stimulate further research on ancient learning cities. It also highlights the benefits of historical research to theory and practice in modern education.

Author Biography

Jan R. Stenger is the MacDowell Chair of Greek at the University of Glasgow, UK. Before joining Classics at the University of Glasgow in 2012, he was Junior Professor of Classics at the Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany. He is PI in the Cluster of Excellence Topoi, Berlin, Germany. His publications include two monographs, edited volumes and articles on Greek lyric poetry, literature and culture of late antiquity, and early Christian literature. Stenger's research focuses on educational practice and thinking between c. 300 and 600 CE; he is currently working on a monograph on this topic, funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.
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December 14th, 2018
Edited by Jan R Stenger
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United Kingdom
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