The subject of this chapter is the language of letters exchanged between Fronto and correspondents, specifically those linguistic means by which Fronto and his epistolary correspondents construct a persona and maintain and negotiate relationships. Analysis of the frequency of (Latin to Greek) code-switches, the diversity, or range of unique, address-terms, letter openings and closings used, and the type and frequency of requests show how Fronto’s relationship with Marcus Aurelius changes over time; and offer us one way to measure differences in Fronto’s epistolary relationship with the other correspondents.
Barrios-Lech, Peter G.
"Putting on a Fronto: Persona and Patterns of Language in Fronto’s Correspondence,"
New England Classical Journal: Vol. 49
Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Marcus Aurelius, Politeness, Latin and Greek Politeness, Code-Switching; Historical Sociolinguistics