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Quintillian, Marcus Fabius Quintillianus (c. 35- c. 100) was a Roman rhetorician widely referrred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance times. He was born in Spain, in Calahorra, and was brought to Rome (where he had earlier studied) by the Emperor Galba in 68, where he became a teacher of oratorical arts. Among his pupils are reputed to have been Pliny the Younger and Tacitus. Emperor Vespasian endowed him with a state pension and made him a consul. His reputation rests on his twelve-volume magnum opus "Institutio oratoria" (Education of an orator) the tenth book of which contains a list of great writers with short apt critiques of their main works. His own writing style is acknowledged to be very beautiful, if ornate – in the style of the times: in other words he practiced what he preached.


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Quintillian is talking about placing an older youth (who has already learned his letters at home under a paedogogus or tutor) in one of the famous schools of oratory.
He is contrasting the limited opportunities for debate and competition in oratory available to the "solitary recluse" under the instruction of a private coach, and the head-to-head competition (and mixing with the public as one must do in the Forum) of a school taught by a famous orator.
When Quintillian is talking about "large" classes he doesn't mean the 30 to 40 that inhabit a modern public school class.
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The name Quintillian is well known as is the fact that he is the author of the classic "Institutes of Oratory" written two thousand years ago.
But what is not so fully realized is that Quintillian is the direct source for the elaborate structure of vocal and physical expression taken over bodily and literally in the early manuals, and which have found their way down to the present day with slight modifications.
Quintillian himself is never under the illusion that his precepts are intended for actors.
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