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The Culture of Classicism

Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910

Caroline Winterer

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Winner of the New Scholars Book Award from the American Educational Research Association

Debates continue to rage over whether American university students should be required to master a common core of knowledge. In The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780–1910, Caroline Winterer traces the emergence of the classical model that became standard in the American curriculum in the nineteenth century and now lies at the core of contemporary controversies. By closely examining university curricula and the writings of classical scholars, Winterer…

Winner of the New Scholars Book Award from the American Educational Research Association

Debates continue to rage over whether American university students should be required to master a common core of knowledge. In The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780–1910, Caroline Winterer traces the emergence of the classical model that became standard in the American curriculum in the nineteenth century and now lies at the core of contemporary controversies. By closely examining university curricula and the writings of classical scholars, Winterer demonstrates how classics was transformed from a narrow, language-based subject to a broader study of civilization, persuasively arguing that we cannot understand both the rise of the American university and modern notions of selfhood and knowledge without an appreciation for the role of classicism in their creation.

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A conscientious and important history of the study of classicism in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries... Ms. Winterer sheds light on the virtual disappearance of the ancients from the modern imagination.

Richly informative yet concise and lucid, this book is filled with interesting insight... It is, without question, one of the greatest contributions to [the field of classics in nineteenth-century America] yet published.

The first full and sympathetic account of the changing role of classical education in pre–World War I America... The story told is, on the whole, one of gradual if heroically resisted extinction.

Worthwhile reading not only for those interested in the history of the classics in American education, but also for anyone interested in the changes wrought in American education between the American Revolution and the twentieth century.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Antiquity in the New Nation
Chapter 2. The Rise of Greece
Chapter 3. From Words to Worlds, 1820–1870
Chapter 4. Classical Civilization Consecrated, 1870–1910
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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Antiquity in the New Nation
Chapter 2. The Rise of Greece
Chapter 3. From Words to Worlds, 1820–1870
Chapter 4. Classical Civilization Consecrated, 1870–1910
Chapter 5. Scholarship Versus Culture, 1870–1910
Epilogue
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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Caroline Winterer, Ph.D.

Caroline Winterer is an assistant professor at Stanford University. She is also the author of the book, The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition,1750-1900 (Cornell University Press, 2007).