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Omisso speciosiore stili genere

D. A. Russell

in Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263327
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734168 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263327.003.0012

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Omisso speciosiore stili genere

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This chapter first examines in detail the three passages in which Quintilian’s comments on the way he is presenting his material, and comparing what follows the announcement of a change with what precedes it. But before coming to the passages themselves, it makes a few preliminary observations. Quintilian announces that he is now going on to the traditional core of rhetoric. The chapter then turns to omisso speciosiore stili genere, the programmatic announcement made at 7.1.54. But it must put it in its context, which has several interesting features. Quintilian often changes register without giving prior warning. Periodic writing does of course make recognizable patterns more frequent and obvious, but even in his simplest writing Quintilian appears to be rhythmical by instinct.

Keywords: Omisso speciosiore; Quintilian; periodic writing; passages; rhetoric

Chapter.  5759 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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