Marcus Cornelius Fronto (c.100 - c.170 AD)
Born in Numidia, Marcus Cornelius Fronto won himself a great fortune being a master of rhetoric during his time, so much so that after a public career in Rome he became the tutor for Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
So influential was his rhetorical and grammatical skills that a group of writers called the Frontoniani emerged, who rejected the excess of Greek styles for a more fundamental and straightforward classic Latin feel. His letters are a collection of pendantic, instructional correspondences with his two imperial pupils. Fronto provides a valuable picture of Marcus Aurelius.
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Fronto amassed a large fortune, erected magnificent buildings and purchased the famous gardens of Maecenas.