Monday, June 22, 2009

Ancient Roman Schools

What were schools like in Ancient Rome?
Ancient roman schools were not actually public schools. Most children in those days went to private or religious run schools, or studied at home. The main subjects at ancient roman schools were the basics or reading, writing and arithmetic, due to the lack of technology and knowledge in ancient roman times.

Children were taught by slaves in many homes of ancient roman schools. Most students studied the Latin and Greek languages and were fluent in both before the age of fifteen.

In early ancient roman schools, a Roman boy's education if taken at home was taught by his father. He would instruct his sons in Roman law, history, customs, and physical training, to prepare for war.
Reverence for the gods, respect for law, obedience to authority, and truthfulness were the most important lessons to be taught.
Girls were taught by their mother and learned to spin, weave, and sew.

Most ancient roman schools had only one room and one class. There were about twelve pupils in one class. In ancient roman schools students wrote on animal skins rather than paper, although animal skins were very expensive.
A stylus was used to write in ancient roman schools.

Most ancient roman schools only kept a small number of reading books, as all books were written by hand in those days.
Books were not bound like they are these days, books in ancient roman schools were in the form of a scroll, or a long piece of rolled up paper.

The goal of education in ancient roman schools was very different from schools in this day and age.
Speaking was a major emphasis in ancient roman schools, with students who could speak well quickly rising to the top ranks of society in their adult years.

In ancient roman schools, school would begin before sunrise meaning students would bring candles to school with them as there were no other lighting capabilities in ancient roman schools.

As is still the case in some European countries, students in ancient roman schools took an afternoon siesta (sleep) before returning to school after this lunch break.
School began each year on the 24th of March although the length of the school year varied between ancient roman schools.

Ancient roman schools were very different to what school’s are in modern day society, but it is most important that children of today are aware of how their past generations lived life.