About the Book

Throughout the Roman Empire Cities held public speeches and lectures, had libraries, and teachers and professors in the sciences and the humanities, some subsidized by the state. There even existed something equivalent to universities, and medical and engineering schools. What were they like? What did they teach? Who got to attend them? In the first treatment of this subject ever published, Dr. Richard Carrier answers all these questions and more, describing the entire education system of the early Roman Empire, with a unique emphasis on the quality and quantity of its science content. He also compares pagan attitudes toward the Roman system of education with the very different attitudes of ancient Jews and Christians, finding stark contrasts that would set the stage for the coming Dark Ages.

Richard Carrier, PhD, is a philosopher and historian of antiquity, specializing in contemporary philosophy of naturalism and Greco-Roman philosophy, science, and religion, including the origins of Christianity. He is the author of numerous books, including Sense and Goodness without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism and On the Historicity of Jesus. For more about Dr. Carrier and his work see www.richardcarrier.info.

About the Author

“Richard Carrier's deeply researched study of how knowledge of the natural world was taught as an empirical science in the Roman Empire is an enlightening contribution to ancient history.”  

—Adrienne Mayor, author of The Poison King and The Amazons

“This book offers an incisive critique of apologists who discredit pre-Christian paganism for any scientific advances, while crediting Christianity with furthering science. If anything, it may be the “re-paganization” of Christianity that revived interest in science in the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance.”

—Hector Avalos, author of Health Care and the Rise of Christianity and The Bad Jesus


ISBN: 9781634310901 (paperback)

SRP: $16.95 (paperback)

Page count: 224 pages

Trim size: 6 x 9

Pub date: November 1, 2016

Ebook availability: Yes

Audiobook availability: Forthcoming