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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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Pater and Nettleship

Pater and Nettleship

A Platonic Education and the Politics of Disciplinarity

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Pater the Classicist

Daniel Orrells

Oxford University Press

Educational historians have examined how Classics became an institutionalized discipline at the end of the nineteenth century at a time when the value of knowing Greek and Latin was diminished by the rise of other academic subjects. This situation alarmed some classicists, but also encouraged others to view Classics as a specialized form of knowledge. Oxford Hellenists Benjamin Jowett and Richard Nettleship argued for the general worth of reading Plato at a time in Victorian Britain when traditional social and political values were being questioned. In Plato and Platonism, Pater argued that Plato set up the very possibility for the modern debates about the merits of specialized disciplinary knowledge and a classical education which might teach everyone important lessons. Pater’s book complicates our accounts of the history of Classics: whilst Classics was being shaped into a discipline, there were also scholars of antiquity who did not fit the mould.

Keywords:   Pater, Plato, Nettleship, Jowett, disciplinarity, education, late Victorian, pedagogy

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