Leaving the worthy citizen's home, where we have
lingered long chatting on many of the topics the house and its denizens
suggest, we will turn again to the streets to seek the school where one
of the young sons of the family has been duly conducted (possibly, one
may say, driven) by his pedagogue. We have not far to go. Athenian
schools have to be numerous, because they are small. To teach children
of the poorer classes it is enough to have a modest room and a few
stools; an unrented shop will answer. But we will go to a more
pretentious establishment. There is an anteroom by the entrance way
where the pedagogues can sit and doze or exchange gossip while their
respective charges are kept busy in the larger room within. The latter
place, however, is not particularly commodious. On the bare wall hang
book-rolls, lyres, drinking vessels, baskets for books, and perhaps some
simple geometric instruments. ... The scholars are so few that probably
there is only one teacher, and instruction is decidedly "individual,"
although poetry and singing are very likely taught "in concert."