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Quintilian, Marcus Fabius (c. 35, Calagurris [modern Calahorra] – after 96, Rome), was born in northern Spain but was educated in Rome. He was a forensic orator and teacher of rhetoric, initially in his home province but after 68 in Rome. Under the emperor Vespasian, he was installed in the first chair of rhetoric subsidized by the state; from 70 to 90 ce, he headed the first public school of rhetoric. After 90 Quintilian taught the greatnephews of the emperor Domitian. His students included Pliny the Younger and possibly both Tacitus and Juvenal. He criticized the…

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Kemmann, Ansgar, “Quintilian”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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