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Monastery schools
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A. Definition (CT)

A distinction must be made between the monastery school (MS) in the broader sense ('monastery as school') and the narrower one. The differentiating criterion consists in the means and methods by which learning was conducted, and the purpose of that learning. In the broader sense, the entire institution of the monastery may be described as a school in which learning was controlled …

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Koerrenz, Ralf (Jena RWG), “Monastery schools”, 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 27 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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