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This view was set out by e.g. Gesner (1756: 309 – 15); Krüger (1760: 133); Köster (1765: 28); Fr. Gedike (1779: 150 f.); Snell (1782: 88 f.); Stuve (1783: 128); Campe (1788: 91); Beyschlag (1792, II: 66 f.). – The proposal only applied to the lowest grades. Most educationalists held that grammatical education would be useful once a natural, basic proficiency had been secured. After all, the grammar books recorded the very classical stylistic standards which it was Latin education’s task to convey.

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J.A.B. Bergsträsser, ‚Vorschläge zur lateinischen Erziehung,’ in: Archiv für die ausübende Erziehungskunst, vol. 1, 1777: 206 – 42, here 212. – Having studied theology and philology in Jena and Halle, Bergsträsser worked as a teacher at the ...

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