Quintilian's Institutes of Oratory

Index to Book 10

Chapter 1

Of reading for improvement, § 1-4. We have to acquire matter and words, 5-7. Facility in speaking is attained by exercise in it, and by reading, hearing, and writing, 8-15. Advantages of hearing and reading, 16-19. What authors should be read, and how, 20, 21. Improvement from reading speeches on both sides of a question, 22, 23. We are not to think even the greatest authors infallible, yet we must not be hasty in finding fault with them, 24-26. Of reading poets, 27-30. Historians, 31-34. Philosophers, 35, 36. Some benefit to be gained from the perusal of almost all authors, 37-42. General observations respecting ancient and modern writers, 43-45. Homer, 46-51. Hesiod, 52. Antimachus, 53. Panyasis, Apollonius Rhodius, 54. Aratus, Theocritus, 55. Pisander, Nicander, Tyrtaeus, and others, 56. Of the elegiac poets, Callimachus, Philetas, Archilochus, 57-60. Of the lyric poets; Pindar, 61. Stesichorus, 62. Alcaeus, 63. Simonides, 64. Of the old comedy, Aristophanes, Eupolis, Cratinus, 65. Of tragedy, aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, 66-68. Menander, Philemon, 69-72. Of history; Thucydides, Herodotus, Theopompus, and others, 73-75. Of orators; Demosthenes, aeschines, Lysias, Isocrates, Demetrius Phalereus, 76-80. Of the philosophers; Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle, Theophrastus, 81-84. Of the Roman poets, Virgil, Lucretius, Varro, Ennius, Ovid, and others, 85-90. Flattery of Domitian, 91, 92. Of Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid, Lucilius, Horace, Persius, Catullus, and others, 93-96. Latin writers of Tragedy, 97, 98. Of Comedy, 99, 100. Of History, 101-104. Of Latin Orators; Cicero, Asinius, Pollio, Messala, and others, 105-122. Of Latin writers on Philosophy, especially Seneca, 123-131.

Chapter 2

Of imitation; necessity of it, and remarks upon it, § 1-13. Not every quality, even in eminent authors, is to be imitated; necessity of judgment in the choice of models for imitation, 14-21. We are not to imitate one author only, 22-26. Not to imitate style only, 27, 28.

Chapter 3

Of writing; utility of it, § 1-4. How and what we should write; necessity of correction, 5-14. Judicious exercise requisite, 15-18. Objections to dictation, 19-21. A retired place desirable for composition; of writing at night, 22-27. But retirement cannot always be secured, and we must do our best in the circumstances in which we find ourselves, 28-30. Further remarks, 31-33.

Chapter 4

Observations on correction; we must not indulge in it too much.

Chapter 5

What sort of composition we should practice; of translating Greek into Latin, § 1-8. Of putting the writing of eminent authors into other words, 9-11. Of theses, common-places, declamations, and other species of composition and exercise, 12-20. Cases for declamation should be as similar as possible to real cases, 21-23.

Chapter 6

Of thought and premeditation.

Chapter 7

Of the ability of speaking extempore; necessity for it, § 1-4. How it is to be acquired, 5-23. How we must guard against losing it, 24-33.


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