Year/Century: 16th century
Subject: Law & Government
Description: M. FABII QUINTILIANI INSTITUTIONE ORATORIA Parisiis (Paris), Apud Audoenum Paruum; 1559 Folio: 9 by 13 1/4" 12 parts bound together Bound in full original calf, with an embossed arabesque design in the center of both covers. Very good condition, with the exception of a scratched digit "X" from the date (likely a printer's error - MDXLIX instead of MDLIX) Title and date in gilt on the spine Text in Latin Ex-library. Quintilian, Latin in full Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, (born AD 35 — died after 96), Latin teacher and writer whose work on rhetoric, Institutio oratoria, is a major contribution to educational theory and literary criticism. Although Quintilian was born in northern Spain, it is likely that he acquired his education in Rome, where he later trained practically under the most eminent orator of the day, Domitius Afer. After that, he worked as an advocate in the legal system for a while. He returned to Rome in 68, having left for his home Spain sometime around 57, and started teaching rhetoric while also advocating in the legal system. He was the first educator to be paid by the state for teaching Latin rhetoric under the reign of Emperor Vespasian (69–79). He continued to be Rome's top instructor under the emperors Titus and Domitian, retiring most likely in 88. As Domitian's reign came to a conclusion (81–96), he was assigned the responsibility of teaching the Emperor's two heirs, his grandnephews. Flavius Clemens, the boys' father, helped him get the honorary title of consul (ornamenta consularia). His young wife and two sons passed away before him, most likely not long after Domitian was assassinated.
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