Skip to main content

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (Quintilian)

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (Quintilian)

First Century c.e.

Professor of rhetoric


A State Employee. Quintilian was born around 30 C.E. at Calagurris in Spain. Educated at least in part at Rome, he became a well-known teacher of rhetoric and among his pupils was the younger Pliny. Quintilian is said to be the first teacher whose salary was paid by the state. Also a legal advocate, Quintilian defended the Jewish Queen Berenice. His writings include Institutio oratoria (Oratorical Training), from which we learn a great deal about contemporary expectations regarding the education of children and young men. Quintilian had hoped that his two sons might live up to these expectations, but sadly they died at the ages of 5 and 9. Quintilian’s works are often considered in light of their contribution to ancient literary criticism.


George A. Kennedy, The Art of Rhetoric in the Roman World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972).

Kennedy,Quintilian (New York: Twayne, 1969).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (Quintilian)." World Eras. . 20 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (Quintilian)." World Eras. . (April 20, 2019).

"Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (Quintilian)." World Eras. . Retrieved April 20, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.