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Learning Latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present


Part of Yale Classical Studies

Elizabeth Archibald, William Brockliss, Jonathan Gnoza, Ann Hanson, Eleanor Dickey, Félix Racine, Michael Herren, Jay Fisher, Robert Black, Andrew Laird, Victor Bers, Françoise Waquet, Fiona Cox, Kenneth J. Kitchell, Jr, Bob Lister, Emily Greenwood
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107051645

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  • This volume provides a unique overview of the broad historical, geographical and social range of Latin and Greek as second languages. It elucidates the techniques of Latin and Greek instruction across time and place, and the contrasting socio-political circumstances that contributed to and resulted from this remarkably enduring field of study. Providing a counterweight to previous studies that have focused only on the experience of elite learners, the chapters explore dialogues between center and periphery, between pedagogical conservatism and societal change, between government and the governed. In addition, a number of chapters address the experience of female learners, who have often been excluded from or marginalized by earlier scholarship.

    • Surveys the full history of learning of Latin and Greek, drawing attention to interconnections and contrasts between educational techniques and the socio-political circumstances of learners
    • Covers a broad geographical range, including Egypt, Britain, Russia and the New World
    • Gives prominence to the history of women's education
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    'This book fills beautifully a remarkable gap, and in so doing it involves a dream team of contributors. Second language acquisition has elicited much attention over the past few decades, but Greek and Latin - despite having been the object of such study for millennia - have never before been brought together and investigated from this perspective as this collection does across time and space. Learning Latin and Greek [from Antiquity to the Present] will be the go-to resource for readers interested in the history of education. Here they can track the learning of the classical languages from ancient papyri to present-day textbooks and software, and probe the pedagogy of second-language study in both the Old and New Worlds, from Russia to Mexico, by way of Egypt, Italy, and the British Isles.' Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Harvard University, and Director, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

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    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107051645
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: 'Learning me your language' Elizabeth Archibald, William Brockliss and Jonathan Gnoza
    2. Papyri and efforts by adults in Egyptian villages to write Greek Ann Hanson
    3. Teaching Latin to Greek speakers in antiquity Eleanor Dickey
    4. Servius' Greek lessons Félix Racine
    5. Pelasgian fountains: learning Greek in the early Middle Ages Michael Herren
    6. Out of the mouth of babes and Englishmen: the invention of the vernacular grammar in Anglo-Saxon England Jay Fisher
    7. First steps in Latin: the teaching of reading and writing in Renaissance Italy Robert Black
    8. The teaching of Latin to the native nobility in Mexico in the mid-1500s: contexts, methods, and results Andrew Laird
    9. Ut consecutivum under the Czars and under the Bolsheviks Victor Bers
    10. Latin for girls: the French debate Françoise Waquet
    11. Women's education and the Classics Fiona Cox
    12. 'Solitary perfection?' The past, present, and future of elitism in Latin education Kenneth J. Kitchell, Jr
    13. Exclusively for everyone - to what extent has the Cambridge Latin Course widened access to Latin? Bob Lister
    14. Epilogue Emily Greenwood.

  • Editors

    Elizabeth P. Archibald, The Johns Hopkins University
    Elizabeth Archibald is a Visiting Teaching Professor at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on early medieval education, medieval Latin, and the reception of classical texts in the Middle Ages.

    William Brockliss, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    William Brockliss is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research encompasses the interactions between literature and the natural environment, the history of classical pedagogy, and the classical tradition. The latter interest is reflected in his previous Yale Classical Studies volume, Reception and the Classics (Cambridge, 2011, edited with Pramit Chaudhuri, Ayelet Haimson-Lushkov and Katherine Wasdin).

    Jonathan Gnoza, New York University
    Jonathan Gnoza is an adjunct instructor in the Medieval and Renaissance Center at New York University. He has previously contributed as a translator to The Virgilian Tradition: The First Fifteen Hundred Years (2008).


    Elizabeth Archibald, William Brockliss, Jonathan Gnoza, Ann Hanson, Eleanor Dickey, Félix Racine, Michael Herren, Jay Fisher, Robert Black, Andrew Laird, Victor Bers, Françoise Waquet, Fiona Cox, Kenneth J. Kitchell, Jr, Bob Lister, Emily Greenwood

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