Education in Ancient Greece and Influence

Thomas James Jackson, Fordham University


Old Greece, or as it was called, Hellas was made up of a collection of states on the south eastern peninsula of Europe and the islands nearby to which the population spread. There states were never really united into one nation. There were times when a few of the states would unite under one head, such as the federation of Delos, but much unions were never lasting. The reason for this lack of unity was the topography of the country, the various states of the Greeks being founded in the allies of the country and separated from one another by mountain ranges. This natural obstacle prevented intercourse and hence change of ideas and formation of friendship. The lack of intercourse naturally then made them differ widely in character, government, dialect and social conditions. The unions which are recorded in history were formed for the purpose of repelling a strong foe or some other danger. The Confederation of Delos was used mostly to repel Sparta.The History of Greece may be told more easily by entwining all the events around the two strongest states, Sparta and Athens. Theses accounts may be divided into two parts, the prehistoric age and the Historic age. The former cannot be taken too seriously as the only records are taken from the sources of Home and various excavations. For this reason we will not touch upon this period directly but will delve into that period which is more authentic.

Subject Area

Classical Studies|Education history|Ancient history

Recommended Citation

Jackson, Thomas James, "Education in Ancient Greece and Influence" (1924). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI31097133.