Fronto, Marcus Cornelius, Correspondence

LCL 113: 96-97

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M. Cornelius Fronto

At non emet haec ornamenta Faustina. Quis igitur emet margarita, quae filiabus tuis legata sunt? Iis margaritis collos filiarum tuarum despoliabis ut cuius tandem ingluvies turgida ornetur?

An hereditas Matidiae a vobis non adibitur? Summo genere, summis opibus nobilissima femina de vobis optime merita intestata obierit? Ita prorsus eveniet ut cui funus publicum decreveris ei ademeris testamentum. Adhuc usque in omnibus causis iustum te et gravem et sanctum iudicem exhibuisti: ab uxorisne tuae causa prave iudicare inchoabis? Tum tu quidem ignem imitaberis, si proximos Ambr. 103am|bures, longinquis lucebis.

Ad M. Caes. ii. 17 (Naber, p. 38).

R<escriptum> magistro meo.

Ergo magister meus iam nobis et patronus erit? Equidem possum securus esse, quom duas res animo meo carissimas secutus sim, rationem veram et sententiam tuam. Di velint ut semper, quod again, secundo iudicio tuo, mi magister, agam.

Vides quid horae tibi rescribam. Nam post consultationem Amicorum in hoc tempus collegi sedulo ea quae nos moverant, ut Domino meo perscriberem faceremque cum nobis in isto quoque



will. But you will say Faustina will not buy these ornaments. Who then will buy the pearls, which were left to your daughters? You will rob the necks of your daughters of these pearls that they may grace whose goitred gorge may I ask?

Shall Matidia’s inheritance not be taken up by you? Shall a most noble lady of the highest rank, of the greatest wealth, one who has deserved especially well of you, have thus died intestate? The precise result, therefore, will be, that you will have robbed of her will one to whom you have granted a public funeral. Hitherto in every cause without exception you have shewn yourself a just and weighty and righteous judge. Will you begin with your wife’s case to give wrong judgment? Then will you indeed be like a fire, if you scorch those who are nearest and give light to those who are far off.1

The Emperor Marcus Atoninus to Fronto

Answer to my master. 162 a.d.

So my master will now be my advocate also! Of a truth I can feel easy in my mind, when I have followed the two guides dearest to my heart, right reason and your opinion. God grant that whatever I do I may always do with your favourable endorsement, my master.

You see how late I am writing my answer to you. For after a consultation with my Friends up to this moment, I have carefully collected all the points which weighed with us, so as to write fully to my Lord,2 and make him our assessor in this business

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.marcus_cornelius_fronto-correspondence.1919