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Quintilian, born in Spain about A.D. 35, became a widely known and highly successful teacher of rhetoric in Rome. The Orator's Education (Institutio Oratoria), a comprehensive training program in twelve books, draws on his own rich experience. It is a work of enduring importance, not only for its insights on oratory, but for the picture it paints of education and social at...more
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Published January 10th 2002 by Harvard University Press
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The "Orator's Education" is a book that is exactly that--or the next closest thing. Quintilian's project is to outline the course for an orator's career, its full schedule, from fledgling to full-adult.

The collection of books, which are twelve, this edition containing the first two, is conspicuously large size. And on first consideration the project of Quintilian's might be reasonably analogized to a latter-day rhetorical textbook. Very importantly, the discussion is not addressed to the studen...more
Quintilian's perspective on early childhood education is spot on. It's precisely the younger years that can't afford to have uneducated or foolish teachers/role models.

The other volumes are good, but Volume 1 is necessary.
Cicero and Aristotle were both pretty dry. Quntilian puts the rhetoric back into rhetoric theory. There was good advice and the book was written compellingly.
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Marcus Fabius Quintilianus or Quintilian (c. 35 – c. 100) was a Roman rhetorician from Hispania, widely referred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance writing.
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Institutio Oratoria, Books 1-3 The Orator's Education, Volume V: Books 11-12 The Orator's Education, Volume II: Books 3-5 The Orator's Education, Volume IV: Books 9-10 The Orator's Education, Volume III: Books 6-8

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