Academy

An academy (Greek Ἀκαδημία) is an institution of higher learning, research, or honorary membership. The name traces back to Plato's school of philosophy, founded approximately 385 BC at Akademia, a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, north of Athens, Greece.

In the western world academia is the commonly used term for the collective institutions of higher learning.

Read more about Academy:  The Original Academy, Renaissance Academies, 16th-century accademie in Italy, 17th- and 18th-century Academies in Europe, Modern Use of The Term academy

Famous quotes containing the word academy:

    I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike—and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two—are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked.
    Harold Bloom (b. 1930)

    ...I have come to make distinctions between what I call the academy and literature, the moral equivalents of church and God. The academy may lie, but literature tries to tell the truth.
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1949)

    The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955)