TIL: I’d been fascinated for years at the notion that in Byzantium, Rhetoric was the highest, most important and most difficult goal of education. But I did not know WHAT they taught in Rhetoric until today: Apparently, most or all of the many educational texts on on Rhetoric in Byzantium were copies and derivations of that of Hermogenes of Tarsus, 2 CE/AD. I only learned it from an almost throwaway reference in an Encyclopedia Brittanica article but now I know who. Now to learn what.

TIL: I’d been fascinated for years at the notion that in Byzantium, Rhetoric was the highest, most important and most difficult goal of education. But I did not know WHAT they taught in Rhetoric until today: Apparently, most or all of the many educational texts on on Rhetoric in Byzantium were copies and derivations of that of Hermogenes of Tarsus, 2 CE/AD. I only learned it from an almost throwaway reference in an Encyclopedia Brittanica article but now I know who. Now to learn what.

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