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The Humanities and Education

The Humanities and Education

As the study of humanism became popular in Italy in the mid 1300s A.D., humanist teachers began to replace the clergy as the main source of education in Italy. These humanists opened schools where they taught the children of wealthy families to value the works and traditions of classic Rome and Greece.

Book written by humanists in ancient Italy

These teachers encouraged people to write in their own languages instead of only in Latin and Greek. As a result, literary works became available to the masses of people who did not speak these old languages. New and important literary works were published in the languages of the people, helping to spread ideas throughout Europe more quickly.