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The Classics in the Medieval and Renaissance Classroom
The Role of Ancient Texts in the Arts Curriculum as Revealed by Surviving Manuscripts and Early Printed Books

J. F. Ruys, J. O. Ward, M. Heyworth (eds.)
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X+420 p., 2 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2013
ISBN: 978-2-503-52754-3
Languages: English
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An innovative volume exploring the premodern classroom contexts that produced the medieval and Renaissance texts of, and commentaries and glosses on, the ancient classics.

Medievalists and Renaissance specialists contribute to this compelling volume examining how and why the classics of Greek and Latin culture were taught in various Western European curricula (including in England, Scotland, France, Germany, and Italy) from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries. By analysing some of the commentaries, glosses, and paraphrases of these classics that were deployed in medieval and Renaissance classrooms, and by offering greater insight into premodern pedagogic practice, the chapters here emphasize the ‘pragmatic’ aspects of humanist study. The volume proposes that the classics continued to be studied in the medieval and Renaissance periods not simply for their cultural or ‘ornamental’ value, but also for utilitarian reasons, for ‘life lessons’. Because the volume goes beyond analysing the educational manuals surviving from the premodern period and attempts to elucidate the teaching methodology of the premodern period, it provides a nuanced insight into the formation of the premodern individual. The volume will therefore be of great interest to scholars and students interested in medieval and Renaissance history in general, as well as those interested in the history of educational theory and practice, or in the premodern reception of classical literature.

Table of Contents

The Classics in the Classroom: An Introduction — John O. Ward

Manuscript Evidence of the Teaching of the Language Arts in Late Anglo-Saxon and Early Norman England, with Particular Regard to the Role of the Classics — Gabriele Knappe

Teaching Classical Rhetoric in Practice: Evidence from Anselm de Besate — Beth S. Bennett

Thierry of Chartres and the Causes of Rhetoric: From the Heptateuchon to Teaching the Ars rhetorica Rita Copeland

The Grammar and Rhetoric Offered to John of Salisbury — Karin Margareta Fredborg

Accessus to Classical Poets in the Twelfth Century — Birger Munk Olsen

What Goes with Geoffrey of Vinsauf ? Codicological Clues to Pedagogical Practices in England, c. 1225 – c. 1470 — Martin Camargo

Progymnasmata and Progymnasmatic Exercises in the Medieval Classroom — Manfred Kraus

Dreaming in Class: Aristotle’s De sompno in the Schools — Lola Sharon Davidson

Aristotle in the Medieval Classroom: Students, Teaching, and Educational Change in the Schools of Paris in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries — Steven J. Williams

Teaching Techniques: The Evidence of Manuscript Schoolbooks Produced in Tuscany — Robert Black

George of Trebizond’s De suavitate dicendi — Lucia Calboli Montefusco

Spreading the Word: Antonio Mancinelli, the Printing Press, and the Teaching of the Studia humanitatis — Dugald McLellan

Virgil in the Renaissance Classroom: From Toscanella’s Osservationi […] sopra l’opere di Virgilio to the Exercitationes rhetoricae — Craig Kallendorf

What are the Real Differences between Medieval and Renaissance Commentaries? — Marjorie Curry Woods

George Buchanan’s Revision of the ‘St Andros’ Curriculum: Ramism, Reformation Religion, and Ciceronian Humanism in Transition — C. Jan Swearingen

‘No Terence phrase: his tyme and myne are twaine’: Erasmus, Terence, and Censorship in the Tudor Classroom — Ursula Potter

Poetic Technique and the Liberal Arts in the Lay Schoolroom: The Singschule (‘Singing School’) of the German Mastersingers of the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries — Brian Taylor

Index

Review

"In summation, this is a valuable contribution to the field that still faces many questions. It promises to, if not solve, then illuminate many of them through a series of high-level contributions covering a wide range of geographical and socio-cultural contexts from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries." (Jelena Todorovic, in: The Medieval Review, 14.06.04)

"In sum, this volume is (...) very readable and extremely useful for those working in a manuscript/incunable context, and for students and teachers of rhetoric, the history of education, and the transmission of the Classics." (Tina Chronopoulos, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2014.03.32)

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
The Renaissance world (c.1450-1550) : specific topics
Renaissance studies

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