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(γραμματικός; grammatikós). The profession of the grammaticus formed in the course of the 3rd cent. BC. These teachers taught the children of the upper citizenry. The grammaticus took over from the elementary teacher (grammatistḗs/grammatodidáskalos) the children of the well-to-do, in order to lay the foundations for a rhetorical education by means of language and literature lessons [1. 235-257]. In Rome the custom developed after the adoption of Greek education in the 2nd cent. BC ─ Roman education was bilingual from then on ─ to first visit the grammaticus Graecu…

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Christes, Johannes (Berlin), “Grammaticus”, 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 16 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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