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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman EmpireA Study of Elite Communities$
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William A. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001

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Fronto and Aurelius

Fronto and Aurelius

Contubernium and Solitary Reader

(p.137) Chapter 7 Fronto and Aurelius
Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire

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Fronto was the teacher and friend of Marcus Aurelius. Fronto’s Letters show a man intent on constructing literary culture within the context of the contubernium, an ideal of close connection and friendship. His pupil Aurelius, however, shows a strong inclination toward reading habits that privileged the solitary, a set of habits that his contemporaries judged idiosyncratic. The chapter also focuses on the use of excerpts and excerpting in imperial reading culture.

Keywords:   reading culture, Fronto, Marcus Aurelius, Contubernium, solitary reader, excerpting

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