Quintilian, Declamationes Maiores

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The 19 Declamationes Maiores form the only extant collection of developed Latin declamations from classical antiquity. (For a general introduction to Roman declamation, see article “Declamationes Minores”.) The collection was most likely composed by multiple authors from the end of the first through the beginning of the third centuries CE. Collection and publication likely took place in the late fourth century CE (Stramaglia 2006). The fully elaborated Maiores present a clearer sense of the literary goals of declamation than the briefer excerpts preserved in the Elder Seneca and Calpurnius Flaccus or the compressed arguments of the pseudo-Quintilianic Declamationes Minores. They make apparent the extensive overlap between the goals of declamation and those pursued in other genres of…

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Citation: Bernstein, Neil. "Declamationes Maiores". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 February 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34882, accessed 09 December 2023.]

34882 Declamationes Maiores 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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