Pedagogy and Power

Rhetorics of Classical Learning

Pedagogy and Power

This book examines ideals of classical learning in order to make a significant and provocative contribution to current and past discussions on the role of education in society--why we teach and learn what we do. Essays by classicists, historians, philosophers and literary scholars argue for seeing the history of ancient education as an aspect of political theory and history, the figure of the teacher and of the student being inevitably implicated in various structures of intellectual, social and political authority.


"This volume is a highly readable exploration of the political dimensions of Greco-Roman education and its subsequent models. Too's and Livingstone's project is a number of cuts above the ordinary edited collection of essays in both its selection of contributors and, not the least of virtues in these word-processor-driven days, in its editing. Strongly recommended for scholars and teachers in the humanities generally." James Tatum, Religious Studies Review

"...impressive interdisciplanary scholarship, deserving of study by scholars in History, English and other language studies as well as Classics. It should stand as proof against those who would put Classics to use in conservative efforts to retrench in the face of contemporary studies in pedagogy, gender, class and national identity." Joy Connolly, Bryn Mawr Classical Review