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Quintilian on the Teaching of Speaking and Writing: Translations from Books One, Two and Ten of the Institutio oratoria
edited by James J. Murphy
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
eISBN: 978-0-8093-8493-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8093-1377-8 | Paper: 978-0-8093-1378-5
Library of Congress Classification PA6650.E5M87 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 808.51


Quintilian’s method is based on the interrelationship between speaking, reading, and writing. Murphy lists and defines the main elements that appear in the Institutio oratorio. Each of these elements—Precept, Imitation, Composition Exercises, Declamation, and Sequencing—is further subdivided according to goals and exercises.

The first two books of the Institutio oratorio concern the early education of the orator, with the focus on the interplay between seen-language and heard-language. Book Ten is an adult’s commentary on the instruction of rhetoric. It involves itself primarily with facilitas, the readiness to use language in any situation.

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