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Author Black, Robert, 1946-

Title Humanism and education in medieval and Renaissance Italy : tradition and innovation in Latin schools from the twelfth to the fifteenth century / Robert Black
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 489 pages)
Contents Italian Renaissance education: an historiographical perspective -- The elementary school curriculum in medieval and Renaissance Italy: traditional methods and developing texts -- The secondary grammar curriculum -- Latin authors in medieval and Renaissance Italian schools: the story of a canon -- Reading Latin authors in medieval and Renaissance Italian schools -- Rhetoric and style in the school grammar syllabus
Summary "This is the first study of the educational curriculum in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Robert Black's analysis finds that the real innovators in the history of Latin education in Italy were the thirteenth-century schoolmasters who introduced a new method of teaching grammar based on logic, and their early fourteenth-century successors, who first began to rely on the vernacular as a tool to teach Latin grammar. Thereafter, in the later fourteenth and for most of the fifteenth century, conservatism, not innovation, characterised the earlier stages of education. The study of classical texts in medieval Italian schools reached its height in the twelfth century but then collapsed as universities rose in importance during the thirteenth century, a sharp decline only gradually reversed in the two centuries that followed. Dr. Black demonstrates that the famous humanist educators did not introduce the revolution in the classroom that is usually assumed, and that humanism did not make a significant impact on school teaching until the later fifteenth century." "Humanism and Education is a major contribution to Renaissance studies, to Italian history, and to the history of European education, the fruit of sustained manuscript research over many years."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-455) and indexes
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Subject Education, Humanistic -- Italy -- History -- To 1500.
Education, Medieval -- Italy.
Educational innovations -- Italy -- History -- To 1500.
Humanism -- Italy -- History -- To 1500.
Humanists -- Italy.
Latin language -- Study and teaching -- Italy -- History -- To 1500.
Latin language, Medieval and modern -- Study and teaching -- Italy.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00050236
ISBN 0511017871 (electronic bk.)
0511037295 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
0511116012 (electronic bk.)
0521401925 (HB)
9780511017872 (electronic bk.)
9780511037290 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
9780511116018 (electronic bk.)
9780521401920 (HB)