I was just listening again to a talk by Dr. Bryan Smith called Reading Homer in Byzantium. In it, he outlines how the early Christians taught their students to write, how they selected their literature, and so on.
If you teach writing, reading, or anything that uses writing or reading, or if you are involved with the curriculum for your school, I would urge you to get your hands on this CD. It’s included as disk 23 in the 2007 set.
Bryan explains things like
- Why we have nine of Euripides plays instead of the 40 or more that he wrote
- How to practice writing using metaphrasis and paraphrasis (with some very amusing examples of pop music turned Shakespearean)
- Why we need to read less and slowly
Bryan is always insightful and relentlessly practical!