I’m reading Divine Rule Maintained by Stephen Casselli and was blown away his description of England’s education system in the 17th cent. I thought I knew how impressive this was; I had no idea. Here’s just one example: By 12 or 13 years old, grammar school students were expected to have already read and understood, in Latin, the major classical authors. An “incomplete list” would include: “Livy , Terence, Isocrates, Justin, Caesa, Erasmus, Virgil, Epictetus, Plutarch, Ovid, Tully, Hesiod, Jomer, Pindar, Xenophon, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Horace, Seneca, and Quintilian.”

Christopher Chelpka @christopherchelpka