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Monastic Paideia: Textual Fluidity in the Classroom
In introducing his compendium of Greek Textbooks of Prose Composition and Rhetoric (Progymnasmata), George Kennedy likens the formulaically fixed and infinitely fluid praxis that defined ancient/late-ancient classroom settings to the “structural features of classical architecture.” He emphasizes that not only the secular literature of the Greeks and Romans, but also the writing of early Christians, is best understood in light of “the habits of thinking and writing learned in schools” (Kennedy 2003, ix). Following Kennedy, this essay demonstrates the particular importance of examining the textual fluidity endemic to ancient/late-ancient source material through a pedagogical lens. Within this frame, it argues that monastic texts and artifacts offer something of a microcosm for understanding emergent praxis. Effectively elucidating the persistent character of adoptive classroom protocol, they simultaneously afford a suggestive exploratory locus for identifying the structures that govern fluid adaptation of established models.
 George A. Kennedy, tr. and ed. Progymnasmata: Greek Textbooks of Prose Composition and Rhetoric (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2003), ix
 Kennedy, Progymnasmata, ix.
Snapshots of Evolving Traditions: Jewish and Christian Manuscript Culture, Textual Fluidity, and New Philology
Liv Ingeborg Lied and Hugo Lundhaug
Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur
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Ancient Pedagogy, Christian Monasticism, School Texts
Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Byzantine and Modern Greek | Education | History of Christianity | History of Religions of Western Origin | Rhetoric and Composition