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by Amy Richlin,Marcus Aurelius


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Marcus Aurelius in Love is an important text, the significance of which Amy Richlin is the first to fully appreciate. She has discovered something that was lying right out in the open, for anyone who chose to cast a glance in a certain out-of-the-way corner.

Marcus Aurelius in Love is an important text, the significance of which Amy Richlin is the first to fully appreciate. The neglected letters that survived between the young Marcus Aurelius, the future emperor of Rome, and his tutor in rhetoric, the great orator Marcus Cornelius Fronto, are a record of the passionate affection they felt for each other.

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Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor who is best known for his intellectual pursuits. One of the most cherished Roman emperors in history, Aurelius is remembered for his studious nature and his rule driven by reason.

Marcus Aurelius-and indeed all the Stoics-believed that we were part of an inner-connected organism . That you couldn’t hurt one person without hurting them all. What injures the hive, injures the bee, he said. Marcus Aurelius’s strongest philosophy comes when he speaks on the eternally changing nature of the universe and the acceptance of death. He reminds us that all of us will die, however, we only ever lose the present moment because that is all we ever have. We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. Not to feel exasperated, or defeated, or despondent because your days aren’t packed with wise and moral actions.

Marcus Aurelius in Love rescues these letters from obscurity and returns them to the public eye. The story of Marcus and Fronto began in 139 CE, when Fronto was selected to instruct Marcus in rhetoric. Marcus was eighteen then and by all appearances the pupil and teacher fell in love. Spanning the years in which the relationship flowered and died, these are the only love letters to survive from or otherwise.

Marcus Aurelius was Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire

Marcus Aurelius was Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. He served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161. The son of the praetor Marcus Annius Verus (III) and the wealthy heiress Domitia Lucilla, Marcus was raised by his mother and by his grandfather, Marcus Annius Verus (II), after his father died.

Marcus Aurelius in Love rescues these letters from obscurity and returns them to. . The story of Marcus and Fronto began in 139 CE when Fronto was selected to instruct Marcus in rhetoric. A codex is just a book-the Latin term was coined in antiquity to distinguish texts in this form from those in the earlier format, the book roll. A palimpsest is a parchment page that has been recycled-written on once, washed and reused for a second text, and then, as here, bound into a new codex. The trick is to read past the overlying text to the precious, more ancient text below it.

Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Amy Richlin. 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

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 two hundred years these letters have lain hidden in plain sight.Marcus Aurelius in Love rescues these letters from obscurity and returns them to the public eye. The story of Marcus and Fronto began in 139 CE, when Fronto was selected to instruct Marcus in rhetoric. Marcus was eighteen then and by all appearances the pupil and teacher fell in love. Spanning the years in which the relationship flowered and died, these are the only love letters to survive from antiquity—homoerotic or otherwise. With a translation that reproduces the effusive, slangy style of the young prince and the rhetorical flourishes of his master, the letters between Marcus and Fronto will rightfully be reconsidered as key documents in the study of the history of sexuality and classics.


Comments: (2)

OCARO
I love the translator's sensitive interpretation of tone, bringing to life Marcus' coy and playful personality as a young man. She makes no assumptions as to the sexual component, if any, of the writers' relationship. This seems appropriate given the equal likelihood of a clandestine affair and mere fawning flirtatiousness between two Roman men.
lacki
As I understand it, the discovery of Marcus Fronto's collected letters caused a great disappointment among classical scholars as they seemed to resemble the quality his ancient reputation suggested far less than was imagined, and his part in this correspondance is no less disappointing for its generally boring quality than it is irritating for its pedantry. Though Marcus' role in the relationship granted him greater freedom of expression, the quality of Fronto's writing is uniformly dismal, whereas the fourth of the Good Emperors is energetic and interesting, definitely giving some tilt to his halo, as Amy Richlin puts it.

That said, the book is no less than what it claims to be, a focused collection of the romantically suggestive correspondence between Marcus Aurelius and Marcus Cornelius Fronto, and it can only be truly criticized as a volume for any objectionable qualities of the translation. In this case, I find Richlin's idiosyncracies as a translator detract somewhat from the reading. In this, and her other translations, text is replaced and modernized and, at least in Marcus Aurelius in Love, Greek quotes are translated into French, and classic quotes are replaced with Shakesperean. Although she justifies this as making the text more readable, I find it comes off rather more ridiculous than innovative. If one wanted to read a modern exchanged one would have pursued a book constructed under such auspices, but in this case the subject seems to lose some of its value as a self-conscious artifact as a result of her liberties, becoming somewhat contrived.

In any event, the volume is enjoyable for Marcus Aurelius' entertaining letters if nothing else, but its only distinct value above the Loeb editions of his writings would seem to be its focus on the nature of his relationship with Fronto, which unfortunately is only elaborated upon in the introduction. Although her introduction gives a reader sufficient background to judge for oneself the case for and against a romantic relationship between the two men, I would have personally prefered more rigorous scholarship in illuminating the question, though in all fairness, this may have been beyond the scope of Richlin's conception.
Marcus Aurelius in Love download epub
Historical
Author: Amy Richlin,Marcus Aurelius
ISBN: 0226713008
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: University of Chicago Press (June 1, 2007)
Pages: 176 pages