The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910 by Caroline WintererThe Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910 by Caroline Winterer

The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910

byCaroline Winterer

Paperback | March 5, 2004

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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.

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).
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Title:The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 5, 2004Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801878896

ISBN - 13:9780801878893

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This clearly-written and perceptive book provides the first general survey of the role of classics in the USA in the nineteenth century.