Medieval rhetoric and the principles of letter writing. Lecture 7 notes: http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=1z1vzcyrntm&feature=fvwrel: the end of the classical period. -classical period stretches through the first sophistic teachers (corax and tisias) and. Greek rhetoricians (5-4th c bc) to roman orators and stylists like cicero and quintilian ( 1st c bc) up to the fall of roman empire (410 ad) Literature the circulation of literary works increased; the roman world became gradually very dependent on writing; the most popular rhetorical technique taught in the. -roman schools system of public education supported through local taxation and government patronage; learned slaves served as readers and secretaries. Augustan golden age architecture, poetry, and the arts. -in 1st bc -- reconstruction of rome under augustus. -religion for the roman people, john ferguson: a matter not of belief but of cult, not of creed but of ritual action ; rituals: sacrifice, purification, vows; divination and oracles.