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The Greek term διδάσκαλος designates a teacher (other Gk terms: παιδευτής, παιδαγωγός – see the Lat. terms magister, doctor). In a narrow sense, a teacher in antiquity can teach either in his own home, in a student’s home, or in a school. The teaching includes the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as the contents of the so-called ἐγκύκλιος παιδεία (or the seven liberal arts: grammar, rhetoric, …

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Burz-Tropper, Veronika, “Didaskalos”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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