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Gymnasium (school)
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1. Terminology

The term “gymnasium, which originally denoted a sports facility in ancient Greece, came into use in Germany in the early 16th century for grammar schools and Latin schools, primarily those whose offerings exceeded the normal educational objectives (Curriculum). Such an educational institution, similar to a college, was called a gymnasium illustregymnasium academicum, or Hohe Schule (high school); they were established in places lik…

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Bruning, Jens, “Gymnasium (school)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020526>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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