Quintilian on the Teaching of Speaking and Writing: Translations from Books One, Two, and Ten of the Institutio Oratoria

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Southern Illinois University Press, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 158 pages
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Quintilian’s method is based on the interrelationship between speaking, reading, and writing. Murphy lists and defines the main elements that appear in theInstitutio 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 theInstitutio oratorioconcern 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 withfacilitas,the readiness to use language in any situation.


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Another book I had to a great deal of for school. If you are interested in ancient rhetorical theory, have at it. If not, this book will bore you to tears. I promise. Read full review

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James J. Murphy is Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at the University of California at Davis, and the author of Rhetoric in the Middle Ages.

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