Temple Schools

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Temple Schools


schools attached to temples in India, Egypt, and other countries of the ancient East. It is believed that there were two types, which might be called preparatory and special schools. The preparatory schools gave instruction in reading, writing, and drawing, and the special schools introduced students to priestly duties.


Modzalevskii, D. Ocherk istorii vospitaniia i obucheniici s drevneishikh do nashikh vremen, parts 1–2. St. Petersburg, 1874–77.
Bernal, J. Nauka v istorii obshchestva. Moscow, 1956. (Translated from English.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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