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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: Roman

Teaching by Examples: Roman

(p.13) 2 Teaching by Examples: Roman
Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen

Clive Skidmore

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the use of historical examples for moral education in Rome. It shows that various forms of education by example had long been institutionalized into Roman society, which testify to the important role of examples before the Hellenization of Roman society in the second century bc. Thus, in Rome as in Greece, men were trained from an early age to emulate concrete examples of abstract ideals embodied in the great men of past and present.

Keywords:   historical examples, moral education, moral instruction, Rome, Roman society

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