Problems of Byzantine Education
Keywords:Byzantine schooling, education
Education in Byzantium was a matter of individual choice. The Byzantine Empire never imposed statutory school attendance or compulsory education on its subjects. Education was always open to those who desired it and had the means to pay for it. And while the state was fully aware that its functionaries had need of at least a rudimentary schooling, education in itself was never a prerequisite for holding an imperial post. On the other hand, education was a highly regarded element in anyone's make-up if acquired. It was especially esteemed in the holders of high offices. The school retained a close link with Byzantium's Graeco-Roman intellectual heritage throughout the history of the Empire, but it also proved impressively flexible in adapting to circumstances over the centuries.
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