Publication Date

5-1-2008

Advisor(s)

Miller, Cecilia

Major

Classics; History (HIST)

Language

English

Abstract

This thesis examines elite Victorian public school education and its relation to British imperial machinations, with a brief focus on the Roman Empire as a model and cautionary tale. It addresses how elite schools were mirrors of their society; how the mores of the time were reflected in the classical curriculum and daily life; and to what degree the schools were crucial to the furthering of empire, not only officially and unofficially urging boys to serve their country after graduation but also preparing boys for their life of service by encouraging them to self-govern in a male-dominated environment.

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