Fronto - Selected Letters
Born in Cirta in North Africa in the late first century A.D., M. Cornelius Fronto was educated at Rome, and soon won a reputation as the foremost orator and legal advocate of his day. In the 140s A.D., Fronto was appointed tutor to the young Marcus More...
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Born in Cirta in North Africa in the late first century A.D., M. Cornelius Fronto was educated at Rome, and soon won a reputation as the foremost orator and legal advocate of his day. In the 140s A.D., Fronto was appointed tutor to the young Marcus Aurelius, educating the heir apparent in the two decades before he ascended to the throne. Frontos extensive correspondence preserves the letters written by the teacher and his illustrious pupil, as well as his letters to leading senators, members of the imperial family, and Marcus Aurelius adoptive father, Antoninus Pius.This edition includes an English translation and historical commentary on thirty-five selected letters from this important collection. The correspondence offers a unique insight into the aristocratic society of the Roman empire in the age of the Antonine emperors, shedding light on a wide range of issues in Roman history, including patronage, literary society, the lives of slaves and freedmen, and the imperial court. The letters' relevance to these aspects of social and cultural history allow the reader to construct a sophisticated picture of the Roman world and its political narrative in the late second century A.D.The introduction provides a concise and accessible overview of Frontos life and career, literary and aristocratic society at Rome, the Antonine emperors, and the epistolary genre.
Caillan Davenport was educated at the University of Queensland, where he received a first-class Honours degree in Latin Language and Literature. He earned his doctorate at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Alan Bowman, Camden Professor of Ancient History. A specialist in the political and military history of the Roman empire, his work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including Classical Quarterly, Zeitschrift fï¿½r Papyrologie und Epigraphik and the Journal of Roman Archaeology.
Jennifer Manley has recently submitted her PhD in Classics at the Univerisyt of Queensland,focusing on the social history of illness as revealed through the letters of Cicero, Pliny the Younger and Fronto. After earning a first-class Honours degree in Latin language and Literature in 2004, she taught Latin at University and to private students. In 2009, she received the prestigious Mary McSweeney Commemorative Fellowship from the Australian Federation of University Women in recognition of her scholarly achievements.