Quintilian's Institutio oratoria

Quintilian's Institutio oratoria

Course Description: Quintilian's work was greatly valued by prominent intellectuals in antiquity. In the Middle Ages, however, only fragmented manuscripts were available, and it was only in the Renaissance that a complete text was discovered by Poggio Bracciolini. In this course, students will read and discuss selected passages from this important text in the original language. Besides the cultural and rhetorical aspect, special attention will be paid to the acquisition of new vocabulary.


Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Latin.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Fridays, 2pm EDT


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Zoltán Tomkó

Zoltán studied classical and Renaissance studies for two years at the Academy Vivarium Novum, a unique institute where students are allowed to speak only Latin and Ancient Greek. After graduating in Classics in Rome, he studied sinology and history in Vienna, specializing in ancient and early modern history with a special focus on historiography. He has been teaching conversational Latin and Greek for several years.