Monastic Paideia: Textual Fluidity in the Classroom

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Monastic Paideia: Textual Fluidity in the Classroom

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Department/School

Religious Studies

Abstract/Excerpt

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.

[1] George A. Kennedy, tr. and ed. Progymnasmata: Greek Textbooks of Prose Composition and Rhetoric (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2003), ix

[2] Kennedy, Progymnasmata, ix.

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

Snapshots of Evolving Traditions: Jewish and Christian Manuscript Culture, Textual Fluidity, and New Philology

Editors

Liv Ingeborg Lied and Hugo Lundhaug

Series Title

Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur

Publisher

De Gruyter

Place of Publication

Berlin

Publication Date

2017

Pages

146-177

ISBN

978-3-11-034805-7

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1515/9783110348057-010

Keywords

Ancient Pedagogy, Christian Monasticism, School Texts

Disciplines

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

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Book DOI: 10.1515/9783110348057

Monastic Paideia: Textual Fluidity in the Classroom

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