Le mouchoir de Vatinius (Quint. Inst. VI, 3, 60)

Vsevolod Zeltchenko
The subject of the paper is an exchange between Calvus (the prоsecutor) and Vatinius (the defendant) preserved by Quintilianus (Inst. 6. 3. 60 = Calv. 24 Malcovati) in the section dedicated to the oratorical jokes. Its first part deals with the historical context of the dialogue: the popular parallel Inst. 9. 2. 25 (= Calv. 23 Malcovati) has nothing in common with it, since perfricare frontem in 9. 2. 25 is simply a well-known idiom....
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