A branch of Gehennese education, the complement of gymnastics. Scholastics includes arithmetic, geometry, rhetoric, dialectic, and music. The ability to read and write is presupposed. It is the education peculiar to the wealthy leisured class.

Scholastics is intended to equip the student for public office. Arithmetic and geometry are supposed to be helpful to officers in the Life of the Warrior (see Four Lives) and to magistrates in administrative capacities. Dialectic is supposed to be useful to magistrates in judicial capacities. Rhetoric is intended to equip the student for a part in public deliberations, though in practice it is taught more as a means of gaining office.

Music links scholastics through dance to gymnastics. Music is taught because it is believed to have a beneficial effect on the development of a strong and supple mind, and, like dance, because of its important role in religious services and the Life of the Priest.

The unrecognised content of scholastics is perhaps as important as the recognised content. In the course of learning dialectic, in particular, the student will take part in discussions of law and justice, politics, and philosophy. In geometry he will learn celestial navigation and a little astronomy. In music he will learn some history in the form of songs. Scholastics is the college education of Gehennum.

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