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How were children educated in ancient Rome?
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  1. Education in ancient Rome focused on literacy and arithmetic. Legends regarding Roman heroes were told to instill a sense of patriotism. In the time of the early republic, neighborhood families often grouped together to hire a tutor for their children. The first schools were established when the Greeks flooded into Rome in the second century B.C. and under the reign of the emperors, children attended school from age 7 to 13. After this age, girls were educated at home and boys continued on to secondary school, where they studied music, astronomy, literature and history. There were a few universities spread throughout the Roman Empire, such as in Athens and Alexandria.

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