The Universities of Ancient Greece

The Universities of Ancient Greece

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The Universities of Ancient Greece

The Universities of Ancient Greece

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The germ of this book was first presented in the form of public lectures delivered at Harvard University in the spring of 1904. To the material then presented much other material, which it was found impossible to put in the lectures, has been added, and the whole has been thoroughly revised.

It is the feeling of the author that the Greek education of the imperial times has not received the consideration that is due to its importance. This neglect has perhaps been partly owing to the difficulty and uncertainty that have until recently attended the reading of many of the authors of this period. We now have, for Libanius's speeches--though not yet for his letters--the excellent text edition of Richard Förster, but of some other authors important for this subject there is still lacking an authoritative text.

In some measure also the neglect in question is probably to be accounted for by the general shadow under which every period of Greek antiquity not strictly to be called 'classical' has to some extent rested. Happily this shadow, which is due to the very brilliancy of the so-called 'classical' period, has been in recent years somewhat dissipated. The attitude of mind that would see in the institutions and productions of the later age only deteriorated forms of the perfect types of the . . .

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