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The Education of an Orator: a Study and Translation of Institutio Oratoria, Book II

Grant number: 12/18677-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2012
Effective date (End): November 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Literatures
Principal researcher:Adriano Scatolin
Grantee:Rafael Sento Se Guimaraes Falcon
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Quintilian's Institutio Oratoria is a complex work which is important to Classical Studies in many of its aspects, among which we point Literary Criticism, Rhetoric and Education in Antiquity. However, there isn't a complete translation of the Institutio available in Portuguese. Among its twelve books, Book II is specifically an intermediate between expositions of pedagogical technique and rhetorical theory. It both offers specific exercises (progymnasmata) to the Rhetoric teacher (rhetor) and discusses theoretical principles which must be followed through the rest of the work. Therefore, it deserves an academic translation, with clarifying comments on historical circumstances, theoretical positioning, technical terminology and dialogues with tradition.

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