Julius Secundus

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Julius Secundus was a Roman orator and a friend of Quintilian.[1] He is one of the speakers in Tacitus's short dialogue, Dialogus de Oratoribus.[2] In his Institutio Oratoria, Quintilian praises Secundus for the elegance of his oratory as well as the "lucidity, smoothness and beauty" of his speech.[3][4] Though he died an untimely death, Quintilian states that he still holds a high place, and would "undoubtedly have attained a great and enduring reputation" as an orator had he lived longer.[5]


  1. ^ Public Domain Smith, William (1870). "Secundus, Julius". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. Vol. 3. p. 763.
  2. ^ Tacitus, Dialogus de oratoribus, 2
  3. ^ Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, 12.10.11
  4. ^ Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, 10.1.121
  5. ^ Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, 10.1.120