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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Greek Education

Greek Education.

The Greek system of education was first and foremost a physical system, the great idea being for every man and woman to have a perfect body. They saw in that the highest expression of the perfect work of a divine power. They worshipped it from an artistic point of view and at the temple of the soul. The first great work on education was the dialogues of Plato, in the first of which was given the sum of Greek wisdom in the equivalent of the phrase "Mens sana in corpore sano." It was to be marked that the education given by the Greeks was received in the interludes between periods of physical exercise. So in that period one saw the physical page 3 being considered first. The Greeks recognised clearly that there could be no perfect development of mind and morale without a reasonable development of the body.