On Classical Education and Being a Classical Teacher

The Real Meaning of “Illiteracy”

John of Salisbury, a 12th century humanist (of sorts) writes in Book VII of his Policraticus:

Does anyone doubt the desirability of reading the historians, the orators, and the authorities on approved mathematics, since without a knowledge of them men cannot be, or at least usually are not, liberally educated?…those ignorant of these writers are termed illiterate even if they can read or write.

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