Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (c.35 - c.100 AD)
Marcus Fabius Quintilianus was a writer of Roman rhetoric. He taught rhetoric at Rome where such famous writers as Pliny the Younger and possibly Tacitus studied under him. He was favored by Vespasian who even made him a consul.
Qunitilian's work greatly inspired both contemporary authors and later writers of the Renaissance. However, his work was more obscure among the ancient masses. The Institutio Oratoria was a 12 volume handbook discussing the education and principals of Latin rhetoric.
In this publication he provides lists of important ancient writers and brief summaries of their works as well as biographical references to his own life. His work stands out among the finest of ancient writers.
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The Renaissance is the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world; a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries.