I'm looking for an ancient Greek word that denotes a trainee craftsman's regime of study under a master, I found the word μαθητεία but I'm unsure if that is a word in ancient Greek or only in modern Greek. Could someone let me know if it is or point me to a better word if it isn't please?

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    In the Christian bible, you'll often see this relationship expressed with the Aramaic loan words ῥαββί and ῥαββονί. Rabbi just meant "master," and it was the customary way for an apprentice to address the person who had accepted them as an apprentice. Rabboni is an obsequious form meaning "great master."
    – user3597
    Apr 25, 2021 at 15:38
  • Does "eromenos" count? IIRC there was sort of a tradition of them being taught "how to be a man", right? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eromenos Posting as a comment instead of an answer because I'm not an expert and I'm not sure.
    – nick012000
    Apr 26, 2021 at 1:46

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Yes, μαθητεία is a word that would certainly be understood in this context, though in practice it was usual to talk about someone being a μαθητής to someone rather than about μαθητεία in the abstract. This applies not just in the context of manual craftsmanship but for any τέχνη, including e.g. rhetoric.


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