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Enkyklios paideia
(1,074 words)

(ἐγκύκλιος παιδεία; enkýklios paideía).

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A. Term

The term enkýklios paideía (and similar ones, e.g., enkýklia mathḗmata/paideúmata) is only attested since c. 50 BC [1. 370-375; 2. 6-18; 3. 263-293]. Diogenes Laertios (2,79; 7,32) and Stobaeus (2,206,26-28; 3,246,1-5) seemingly ascribe the expression to Hellenistic philosophers, but perhaps it was only an attempt to provide ancestry for their own terminology (contrary [2. 6f.]). That the concept of e.p. originally supposedly described the musical t…

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Christes, Johannes (Berlin), “Enkyklios paideia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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