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date: 18 February 2020

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Rhetoric manuals make sense only related to the school syllabuses in which they were taught. To understand how the textbooks were used we need to study the other texts, the way they were read, and the writing exercises schools prescribed. This chapter focuses on local examples of the role rhetoric played in school and university syllabuses in the Renaissance. It analyzes the role of rhetoric teaching in the school of Guarino in Verona and Ferrara 1418–60; Italian schools and universities of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; the University of Paris in the early and middle sixteenth century; Johann Sturm’s school in Strasbourg 1538–81; Elizabethan grammar schools and universities; German grammar schools, specifically the 1580 Krems statutes; and the 1599 Jesuit Ratio Studiorum. The chapter makes a plea for many more local studies to provide more detailed information about the range of ways rhetoric was employed in Renaissance education.

Keywords: rhetoric, education, Renaissance, teaching, manual, textbook, syllabus, writing exercises, grammar school, local studies

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