Consequently, although this debauched
eloquence (for I intend to speak with the utmost
frankness) may please modern audiences by its
effeminate and voluptuous charms, I absolutely refuse
to regard it as eloquence at all: for it retains not
the slightest trace of purity and virility in itself, not
to say of these qualities in the speaker.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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