n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Approaching the end : Quintilian 12.11

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The final chapter of Oratoria (12.11) falls into two distinct sections. The first (§§1-7), on the retirement of the orator, which contains much reminiscence of Cicero, completes one theme of the book, which began with the birth of the promising son in 1.1.1. The second (§§8-30, followed by a postscript in §31) is the culmination of another theme, the instilling of enthusiasm for oratory. It is in effect the peroration of the whole work, recapitulating as it does earlier material (especially from Book 12), and arousing various kinds of emotion in the endeavour to show that the suggested programme of studies is practicable and leads to a highly desirable goal. The structure, unity and addressees of the section are discussed, and an attempt is made to deal with difficulties of interpretation and text.


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