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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 overdue antiquity? How will we account for the abiding status of those faculties, which remained considerably unchanged of their equipment and status regardless of the political and spiritual adjustments that had taken position round them?

The grammarian was once a pivotal determine within the lives of the informed higher periods of past due antiquity. Introducing his scholars to right language and to the literature esteemed via lengthy culture, he begun 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 got honor—and feedback; the occupation gave the grammarian an organization feel of cultural authority but in addition put him ready of genteel subordination in the elite.

Robert A. Kaster presents the 1st thorough research of where and serve as of those vital yet ambiguous figures. He additionally supplies a close prosopography of the grammarians, and of the opposite "teachers of letters" lower than the extent of rhetoric, from the center of the 3rd during the center of the 6th century, to be able to supply a precious learn software for different scholars of late-antique education.

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