JOYAL, M., I. McDOUGALL, and J.C. YARDLEY, (eds.),
Greek and Roman Education. A Sourcebook.
Routledge, London / New York, 2009. XX,292p. ills.(B&W photographs and line drawings). Paperback. 'In conclusion, this sourcebook is a handy, if limited, compilation for readers seeking sources that focus primarily on literary, philosophical, and rhetorical education in the ancient world. Sourcebooks such as this are welcome and relevant in our present age in which we are experiencing radical changes in education and social practices caused by the internet and new communications technology. We are being forced to reconsider questions that were first taken up by ancient philosophers and educators, such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian, about the nature of knowledge, the value of a canon of literature, and what it means to be an educated person. Knowledge and expertise are being called into question in an age when knowledge is no longer something that one acquires through education but is becoming something that anyone can access through technology. While it is impossible for a book of this nature to be exhaustive and encyclopaedic, there is enough material to provide a coherent picture of at least one legacy of Greek and Roman education, the notion that a liberal education is a thing of value in and of itself.' (ROGER S. FISHER in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.01.17). From the library of Prof. Carl Deroux.