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By Robert A. Kaster

What did it suggest to be a qualified instructor within the prestigious "liberal schools"—the colleges of grammar and rhetoric—in past due antiquity? How do we account for the abiding status of those faculties, which remained considerably unchanged of their equipment and status regardless of the political and non secular alterations that had taken position round them?

The grammarian used to be a pivotal determine within the lives of the proficient top sessions of overdue antiquity. Introducing his scholars to right language and to the literature esteemed via lengthy culture, he all started the schooling that proven his scholars' status in a narrowly outlined elite. His career therefore contributed to the social in addition to cultural continuity of the Empire. The grammarian obtained honor—and feedback; the career gave the grammarian an organization feel of cultural authority but additionally positioned him ready of genteel subordination in the elite.

Robert A. Kaster offers the 1st thorough learn of where and serve as of those very important yet ambiguous figures. He additionally offers an in depth prosopography of the grammarians, and of the opposite "teachers of letters" less than the extent of rhetoric, from the center of the 3rd during the center of the 6th century, with a view to supply a important learn device for different scholars of late-antique education.

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