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Rome in Late AntiquityEveryday Life and Urban Change, AD 312-609$
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Bertrand Lancon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612390

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612390.001.0001

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Education and culture

Education and culture

(p.149) Chapter 12 Education and culture
Rome in Late Antiquity

Menno Fenger

Paul Henman

Edinburgh University Press

Rome was one of the capitals of education and liberal arts endowed with public libraries. The fourth century was the time when the scroll, the volumen, was gradually making way for the codex, a book of bound pages. This new practice, which was the forerunner of books, offered an incomparable ease of reading by comparison with the volumen, which necessitated continual unrolling and re-rolling, with help from another person. Roman education was marked by strong traditionalism. The characteristics of education were classicism and variety. Augustine and Boethius, to an even greater extent, were learned men capable of writing on many subjects. The chapter also shows that the conversion of great rhetors to Christianity had an incalculable effect on Roman society and the advance of the Christian faith.

Keywords:   Rome, education, liberal arts, libraries, volumen, codex, traditionalism, classicism, variety, rhetors

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