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Which Greek slave translated Homer's Odyssey into Latin?
The dearth of Latin poetry to study led a Greek slave, Livius Andronicus [...] to translate Homer's Odyssey into Latin. (p.154)
What verse did the above Greek slave use?
He wrote in Saturnian verse, a metrical form used in early days. (p.154)
Under which eminent jurist did Cicero study Roman law?
Thus Cicero studied Roman law under Quintus Mucius Scaevola, the most eminent jurist of the time. (p.156)
What was the preferred nationality for a paedagogus?
After a knowledge of Greek became common, the paedagogus was usually a Greek slave, who could help the boy remember the Greek he had learned. (p.151)
Which holiday took place from March 19-23?
There were many holidays, among them the Saturnalia [...] and the Quinquatria, March 19-23. (p.151)
What was the name of Horace's teacher, described by the adjective 'plagosus'?
Horace has given deathless fame to his teacher Orbilius by the adjective plagosus (thrasher). (p.151)
With what tool did pupils work out difficult arithmetic problems?
Hard problems were worked out with an abacus (a counting-board). (p.153)
What was a teacher at a grammar school called?
The teacher of [a school where the chief subject studied in them was grammatica] was called grammaticus. (p.153)
Name a subject taught at a grammar school other than the Greek language.
Along with the Greek language, students were naturally taught such topics of geography, mythology, antiquities, history, and ethics as were suggested by the Iliad and Odyssey. [...] Music and geometry completed the ordinary course of study in grammar schools. (p.153-155)
Which two poets include references to the rod and ferule?
Judging from grim references in the poems of Juvenal and Martial to the use of rod and ferule, discipline in schools was thoroughly Roman in its severity. (p.151)