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.
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List of Contributors
1 Learning Cities: A Novel Approach to Ancient Paideia
Jan R. Stenger
2 The Role of Big Data in Elucidating Learning Cities Ancient, Present and Future
Michael Osborne, Muir Houston and Catherine Lido
3 The Importance of the Greek Polis for Greek Literature, or Why Gaza?
4 Augustine’s Rhetorics of Theology: Religious Debates in Late Antique Carthage
5 Jerome, Quintilian and Little Paula: Asceticism, Education and Ideology
6 The Sixth-Century City in the Roman East: Survival or Demise of the Traditional Urban Context?
7 Town and Gown in the Orations of Choricius of Gaza
8 Ideals of Education and Sophistic Realities in Late Antique Gaza
9 Procopius of Gaza and the Debate on Rhetoric vs. Law in His Letters: Was There a Leading Form of Knowledge in Late Antiquity?
10 Tradition and Habituation in Rhetorical and Monastic Education at Gaza
Michael W. Champion
11 Consensus versus Diktat: Two Models of Cultural Leadership in Gaza
Jan R. Stenger