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Practical Ethics for Roman GentlemenThe Work of Valerius Maximus$
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Clive Skidmore

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780859894777

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.001.0001

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Teaching by Examples: Greek

Teaching by Examples: Greek

(p.3) 1 Teaching by Examples: Greek
Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen

Clive Skidmore

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the use of historical examples for moral education in the ancient world, presenting evidence drawn from Greek poetry and Greek prose. It shows that the role of examples was dominant as a means of moral guidance, both in historical literature (historiography and biography), and in pseudohistorical literature such as poetry and myth.

Keywords:   historical examples, moral education, moral instruction, imitation, Greek prose, Greek poetry, historical literature

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