Institutio Oratoria

M. Fabius Quintilianus

Certe cum in basilica Iulia diceret primo tribunali, quattuor autem iudicia, ut moris est, cogerentur, atque omnia clamoribus fremerent, et auditum eum et intellectum et, quod agentibus ceteris contumeliosissimum fuit, laudatum quoque ex quattuor tribunalibus memini.

At any rate I remember that, when he was speaking in the Basilica Julia before the first tribunal, and the four panels of judges were assembled as usual and the whole building was full of noise, he could still be heard and understood and applauded from all four tribunals at once, a fact which was not complimentary to the other pleaders.

Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from M. Fabius Quintilianus: The Orator's Education (Volume V. Books 11-12), Loeb Classical Library Vol. 494, translated by Donald A. Russel, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 2002, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.