Sunday, July 25, 2021


Disapproval of Educational Innovations

Suetonius, On Rhetoricians 1, quoting an edict of the censors Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Lucius Licinius Crassus from 92 B.C. (tr. J.C. Rolfe):
Our forefathers determined what they wished their children to learn and what schools they desired them to attend. These innovations in the customs and principles of our forefathers do not please us nor seem proper.

maiores nostri, quae liberos suos discere et quos in ludos itare vellent, instituerunt. haec nova, quae praeter consuetudinern ac morem maiorum fiunt, neque placent neque recta videntur.
Also quoted by Aulus Gellius 15.11.2.

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