Barrows, Samuel J.
The isles and shrines of Greece — Boston, 1898

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the pedagogue led the child, but in these days the
child often leads the pedagogue. It seemed to me
that seeking to get into the spirit and life of the mod-
ern tongue I might find something in a school for chil-
dren that I could not find in the university. It is not
usual for a pupil to be in the university and in the
primary school at the same time, but I found it very
interesting to go to school in the morning for two
hours, and then to hear lectures at the university in
the afternoon. This primary school founded by Dr.
Hill is still called the " American School." ^Eschines
in his oration " Against Timarchus " says that an older
person was not allowed to enter the school during
school hours when children were there unless one
happened to be a brother, a daughter, or a son of a
teacher, and the penalty was death. As I did not
know whether this ancient law had ever been re-
pealed, and had no desire of risking my life merely
for the sake of getting an education, I claimed re-
lationship with the whole school as an American
cousin, and was graciously received by Miss Muir,
the principal, and her assistants. I was assigned to
a class of girls from twelve to fifteen years of age
under Miss Marigo Vlachou. With the modesty of
aged infancy I took a back seat, and for two hours
every day, when other engagements did not prevent,
used to sit and listen to the recitations of the girls
of my class. Sometimes it was the history of Greece,
then geography, arithmetic, physiology, reading or
grammar. The teacher would call Maria — there
were three of them in the class — to the blackboard
to write from dictation one of /Esop's fables. The
rest of the class would write it down in notebooks.
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