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date: 20 March 2023


, rhetorical authority


, rhetorical authority
  • Roland Gregory Austin
  •  and M. Winterbottom


Roman advocate and famous authority on rhetoric. He was born around 35 ce at Calagurris (Calahorra) in Spain. His father seems to have been an orator also (Inst. 9. 3. 73), but his relationship to the Quintilianus named by the Elder Seneca (L. *Annaeus Seneca (1)) (Controv. 10 pr. 2) is not to be known. The young Quintilian may have been taught in Rome by the grammarian *Remmius Palaemon (schol. on Juv. 6. 452); he certainly attached himself there to the orator *Domitius Afer (e.g. Inst. 5. 7. 7), who died in 59. At some point he returned to Spain, if *Jerome is correct in saying that he was brought to the capital by *Galba in 68. Jerome also states that he was the first rhetorician to receive a salary from the *fiscus, a practice instituted by *Vespasian (Suet.


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