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City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria$
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Edward Watts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244214

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244214.001.0001

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Athenian Education in the Second through Fourth Centuries

Athenian Education in the Second through Fourth Centuries

(p.24) Chapter 2 Athenian Education in the Second through Fourth Centuries
City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

Edward J. Watts

University of California Press

Athens was home to one world-class industry, which brought great fame by attracting wealthy teachers and students to the city. Education was, however, an industry that directly employed few people and, since many of the teachers were not native Athenians, it involved even fewer natives of the city. Students helped the city's fortunes by spending their allowances but, for most Athenians, the students and their habitual rioting probably inspired more hate than love. This created a peculiar dynamic within the city. Education, the most lucrative Athenian industry, was the source of some of the most intractable local problems. As a result, the regulation and control of education became one of the most important Athenian concerns. The growing wildness of the Athenian schools, professors, and students alike, at the turn of the fourth century, came at a time when the imperial government was becoming increasingly interested in the activities of teachers.

Keywords:   Athens, philosophy, education, professors, students

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