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Kenneth Mayer

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Ken Mayer is Director of Distance Learning at Capitol Technology University in Washington, DC. He has published on the history of the golden line, Plutarch, and representations of ethnicity in Greek historiography. Now he has a lot of questions about how classroom practices shape scholarship, and welcomes your answers, suggestions, and references at ken.i.mayer@gmail.com.

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11/13/2017Kenneth Mayer
New ideas customarily enter the classroom in a kind of scholarly trickle-down, from the university to daily educational practice. Think of the New Criticism of the 1950s, social history, or backward design. The phenomenon in Latin versification known as the “golden line” represents a striking example of the reverse: an idea generated in the classroom and resisted by the academy for decades, if not centuries, before becoming mainstream in erudite classical scholarship. The term is first attested in 1612. The earliest citations follow a clear and consistent definition: two adjectives and two...

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