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Early education in Graeco-Roman
Egypt was a lot more informal than education is today. Students would be
provided with an education to suit the demands that later life was expected
to place upon them. For instance, a child who was expected to become a tradesman
or woman would be sent to apprentice with a master craftsman. Another child,
expected to follow in his father's footsteps as an engineer might be provided
a private tutor so that he might learn his letters and arithmetic. Some
parents would send their children to village "schoolhouses" where
they could attain an education that was appropriate to their social status.
Follow the links to learn more about different aspects of the children's educational experiences using the evidence left to us on the papyri, ostraca, and wooden tablets preserved in the University of Michigan Papyrus Collection.
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