Education in Ancient Athens

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Education in Ancient Athens.  Left: The philospher Plato taught his students and followers in a grove called the Academia, on Athens' outskirts.  From this came our word "academy", for a place of learning.  Centre: Music and dancing were given an important place in the education of young people in ancient Athens - both boys and girls.  The girl in the picture is dancing to the music of a two-pipe flute.  The strap worn by the flautist controls the expansion of the cheeks, ensuring a steady flow of breath into the mouthpiece of the instrument.  Top right: A writing lesson.  With his pointed stylus, the pupil inscribes his letters on a wax-covered tablet.  Original artwork for illustrations on pp8-9 of Look and Learn issue no 989 (21 February 1981).  Lent for scanning by The Gallery of Illustration.

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