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date: 18 April 2024

Quintilian, Roman advocate and rhetorician, 1st century celocked

Quintilian, Roman advocate and rhetorician, 1st century celocked

  • Curtis Dozier

Summary

Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus) was a prominent orator and teacher of rhetoric in Rome during the Flavian period. His best-known work is the Institutio Oratoria, “The Orator’s Education,” which presents an idealized curriculum for the training of orators, beginning with their birth and extending through their retirement in old age. It has been treated primarily as a storehouse of information about ancient rhetorical theory and Roman educational practices but is increasingly recognized as a literary work in its own right, marked in particular by Quintilian’s own deployment of the same rhetorical techniques that the Institutio teaches.

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  • Latin Literature

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