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Athenaeum survived not only because Vossius and Barlaeus were devoted public lecturers, but also because they attracted a constant flow of new students from their own networks. The historiography of athenaeums and academies is based principally on official documents, which concern and reflect the views of the institutional level, but which tell us little about private teaching, on which there were few formal arrangements between professors and their institutions. Vossius himself preferred the collegia as a middle course between large classes and individual teaching. The Athenaeum and the Latin schools institutionalised by city authorities were at the centre of the Amsterdam teaching network. The Athenaeum's attractiveness to the broader academic world decreased after the deaths of Vossius and Barlaeus, but among the citizens of Amsterdam it probably became more popular. This was due largely to the professors' private lessons, although public teaching played its part as well.

Keywords: Amsterdam; athenaeum; Barlaeus's private teaching; collegia; Latin school; Vossius's private lesson



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