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Marcus Aurelius in Love

Marcus Aurelius and Marcus Cornelius Fronto


In 1815 a manuscript containing one of the long-lost treasures of antiquity was discovered—the letters of Marcus Cornelius Fronto, reputed to have been one of the greatest Roman orators. But this find disappointed many nineteenth-century readers, who had hoped for the letters to convey all of the political drama of Cicero's. That the collection included passionate love letters between Fronto and the future emperor Marcus Aurelius was politely ignored—or concealed. And for almost 200 years these letters have lain hidden in plain sight. This book rescues these letters from obscurity and returns ... More

Keywords: Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Roman orators, Cicero, love letters, Marcus Aurelius, rhetoric, antiquity, political drama, emperor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226713007
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226713021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcus Aurelius, author

Marcus Cornelius Fronto, author

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