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Christopher Whitton (Cambridge): Quintilian in Brief: From Institutio to Epistles, and Back Again

This talk will introduce one of the most sustained, and submerged, intertextual relationships in Latin prose, that between Quintilian and Pliny the Younger. From fleeting engagement to wholesale rewriting, the Epistles return time and again to the Institutio Oratoria. What part does this dialogue play in Pliny’s self-portraiture? How comfortably can it be accommodated within our paradigms of Latin allusion? And what might it tell us about authors and readers in the ‘High’ Roman Empire?
Christopher Whitton is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Fellow and Director of Music of Emmanuel College. His research focuses on early imperial Latin literature, in particular prose of the Trajanic period. His commentary on Pliny Epistles 2 was published in 2013; current projects include a commentary on Tacitus Annals 14, a volume of Oxford Readings in Pliny’s Epistles and an edited collection on Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016. 05:00 PM


Building 110, Rm 112


Department of Classics




open and free to general public