Ancient Roman school found in Egypt

Ancient Roman school found in Egypt


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In the Dakhla Oasis, west of the Nile River, where the ancient city of Trimithis (current Ahmeira) a 1,700-year-old school. The enclosure, attached to a large mansion, contains a series of benches on which the students sat, as well as engraved on the walls with Greek texts which show that it was indeed an educational center.

This has been dated to the time of Roman rule, in which, after the long tenure of Macedonian power since the conquest of Alexander the Great, the Greek language was widely spread. The house in which it is now found, as well as some of the splendid and colorful art it contains, was discovered in 1979. Since 2001 there have been explorations in the area, recently finding this room for education.

Normally this type of places for teaching were attached to houses, temples or other types of buildings, thus making it difficult to identify them as an educational center. However, this one from Ahmeira has revealed evident evidence through such Greek graffiti on the walls that show that teachings were given there. It thus becomes a genuine discovery and one of the few examples of this building typology.

Regarding the content of the texts in greek, refer to Odyssey of Homer and refer to an ancient drug, possibly opium, with which the beautiful Helen of Troy invited her guests at a banquet. At the end of the text the word "imitate" appears, which implies that the students had to copy the literary story on the wall. In a second room, another text in Greek urges students to improve their rhetoric, alluding to gods of Hellenic mythology such as Hermes.

According to investigators, the building was abandoned approximately 20 years after use, possibly due to the death of the teacher in charge of running the school. The compound was added to the great house, which belonged to a councilman named Serenos, to use as a warehouse.

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