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Quintilian

Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus), was a native of what is now Calahorra, Spain. He was educated in Rome, whither in 68 he returned with Galba to practise in the law courts. He gained an even greater reputation as a teacher of oratory than as a pleader, and had Pliny the Younger as a pupil. He enjoyed the favour of several successive emperors, and under Vespasian received a salary from the state. After his retirement from public life he wrote De Institutione Oratoria, a treatise in 12 books, remarkable alike for its learning, its purity of style, and its good sense. The tenth book contains an admirable survey of Greek and Roman literature. Quintilian died about the year 97, aged somewhat over sixty.

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