Synopses & Reviews
Quintilians method is based on the interrelationship between speaking, reading, and writing. Murphy lists and defines the main elements that appear in the Institutio oratorio. Each of these elementsPrecept, Imitation, Composition Exercises, Declamation, and Sequencingis further subdivided according to goals and exercises.
The first two books of the Institutio oratorio concern the early education of the orator, with the focus on the interplay between seen-language and heard-language. Book Ten is an adults commentary on the instruction of rhetoric. It involves itself primarily with facilitas, the readiness to use language in any situation.
The modern reading of Quintilian is not a mere antiquarian exercise. His book epitomizes the best of a humane approach to literacy.”from the Introduction
About the Author
James J. Murphy is Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at the University of California at Davis, and the author of Rhetoric in the Middle Ages.