Oratory is Improved Speech
Quintilian, and J.S. Watson. Institutes of Oratory. Edited by Lee Honeycutt, 2010. Kindle Electronic Edition. Book III Chapter 2.
Quintilian here asks briefly of the origin of oratory. As soon as people had language they strove to improve their use of it (III.2.1). Some have theorized that oratory arose when people, accused of wrongdoing, protected themselves. Quintilian observes that the accusers were also apparently practicing oratory (III.2.2). He thinks, then, it is a very natural process, as opposed to Cicero, who considered oratory to have arisen from the needs of legislative bodies (III.2.4).
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