Title
What could Marcus Aurelius feel for Fronto?What could Marcus Aurelius feel for Fronto?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Research group
Department of History - other
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
History
Source (journal)
Studia Humaniora Tartuensia
Volume/pages
10(2009):A.3, p. 10.A.3,1-10.A.3,7
ISSN
1406-6203
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c:vabb:267728
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Were Marcus Aurelius and Fronto in love? Does the correspondence between master Fronto and prince Marcus Aurelius prove that their relationship was a fully sexual one? Were both lovers playing dangerous games? This article explores the various possibilities in a relationship which may at first sight seem like a relationship of sexual passion. Contrary to the Amy Richlin thesis, I will contend that it is not justified to interpret the letters as a correspondence between a gay master and his beloved pupil. Taking a closer look at both the literary and the socio-cultural context, one comes to understand what we can and what we cannot know about language games and bodily games of sex in antiquity.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/e738ff/bca852c3.pdf
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