Quntilian's “Vir Bonus” and the stoic wise man

  title={Quntilian's “Vir Bonus” and the stoic wise man},
  author={Arthur E. Walzer},
  journal={Rhetoric Society Quarterly},
  pages={25 - 41}
Abstract Although scholars have acknowledged a Stoic influence on Quintilian, they have been reluctant to see Stoicism as providing the philosophical underpinnings of the Institutes. Against this scholarly hesitance, this essay argues that Stoic ideas are at the heart of Quintilian's educational program. Quintilian's ideal orator is the Stoic Wise Man with this difference: he is trained in Ciceronian eloquence. Furthermore, Quintilian's definition of oratory is based on the Stoic view of… 
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