A Commentary on the Letters of M. Cornelius Fronto

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BRILL, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 725 pages
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This is the first commentary on the letters of Marcus Cornelius Fronto (c. 90-95 - c. 167). It aims at an extensive grammatical, stylistic and historical interpretation of the letters and the ancient testimonies on Fronto. The author demonstrates where Fronto stands in Latin literature; hence the numerous quotations of parallel, similar and dissentient passages from Fronto and other writers. The letters are written in a pure, simple style, with a great deal of colloquialisms and many a post-classical turn of phrase. The many archaisms show how Fronto as a philologist had a comprehensive knowledge of pre-Cicero Latin. This commentary, based on the Teubner-edition by the author (Leipzig 1988), offers a thorough explanation of Fronto's style and language, e.g. of his archaisms and colloquialisms, identification of the persons mentioned, and the chronology of the letters. Seven elaborate indices complete this book.
 

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Contents

Translations
630
Bibliography
701
Corrections and Additions in the Prolegomena
719
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About the author (1999)

Michel P.J. van den Hout, Ph.D. (1954) in Classical Philology, University of Nijmegen, has published several articles on Fronto and two editions of his Letters.