The Child an open Book

W. Martin Bloomer

in The School of Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520255760
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948402 | DOI:
The Child an open Book

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This chapter examines Quintilian's conceptions of the child: the dedicatory comments that present the child as the impulse to write; the processes of eruditio and castigatio which redirect the child's curbed passion toward manly use; and the competitive (yet social) process of learning itself. It concludes with his redefinition of rhetoric, certainly an act of intellectual poaching, but also an index of his fundamental position that education is not child production but the construction of orators. In these reflections, Quintilian far exceeds the predominantly negative anxiety about the malformation of the child that so possessed Pseudo-Plutarch's text.

Keywords: Quintilian; child; eruditio; castigatio; learning; rhetoric; education

Chapter.  15535 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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