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Quintilian's Institutio oratoria as a literary work

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While no classicist would deny that Quintilian's "Institutio oratoria" is the most complete handbook of rhetoric transmitted from Antiquity, the work is usually mined for its information on both the Roman educational system and technical aspects of the art of speaking. The "Institutio" may be useful as a guide to eloquence, but its author frequently hints to higher aspirations. This article focuses on the literary merits of the "Institutio", arguing that it deliberately competes with the poetical works of Horace, Vergil, and, possibly, Statius.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2020

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