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.
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 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 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).
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 Felix 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 Francoise 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.
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