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Christian Gotthilf Salzmann (1744-1811). Classical Studies: Cellarius, Gesner, Ernesti, Heyne.

A more successful labourer in the same school was Salzmann, who bought the property of Schnepfenthal near Gotha in 1784, and established a school there, which still exists as a flourishing institution. He gave full scope to the doctrines of the philanthropists; the limits of learning were enlarged; study became a pleasure instead of a pain; scope was given for healthy exercise; the school became light, airy, and cheerful. A charge of superficiality and weakness was brought against this method of instruction but the gratitude which our generation of teachers owes to the unbounded love and faith of these devoted men cannot be denied or refused. The end of the 18th century saw a great development given to classical studies. The names of

Cellarius, Gesner, Ernesti, and Heyne are perhaps more cele-brated scholars than as schoolmasters. To them we owe the great importance attached to the study of the classics, both on the Continent and in England. They brought into the schools the philology which F. A. Wolf had organized for the universities.

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