Philosophy and Platonism in Fronto’s Correspondence

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This chapter focuses on the references and allusions to Plato in Fronto’s epistolary corpus, especially in his correspondence with Marcus Aurelius, to whom Fronto taught rhetoric. Attention will be paid to Fronto’s engagement with philosophy and his high esteem for Plato and (Middle) Platonism: Plato symbolizes the perfect synthesis between philosophy and rhetoric, which Fronto measures against the fallacy of Stoic dialectic, and Platonic elements play an important function in several letters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMiddle Platonism in the Second Sophistic: BICS Themed Issue 66.2
EditorsBen Cartlidge, Leonardo Costantini
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jul 2021

Publication series

NameBICS Themed Issues series
PublisherOxford Unversity Press
ISSN (Print)2041-5370


  • Fronto
  • Marcus Aurelius
  • rhetoric
  • Platonism
  • Latin literature
  • epistolography


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