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By Robert A. Kaster

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

The grammarian used to be a pivotal determine within the lives of the knowledgeable top periods of past due 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 occupation hence contributed to the social in addition to cultural continuity of the Empire. The grammarian obtained honor—and feedback; the occupation gave the grammarian a company feel of cultural authority but in addition put 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 supplies a close 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, so that it will offer a precious examine software for different scholars of late-antique education.

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