Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography

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The surviving body of ancient letters offers the reader a stunning variety of material, ranging from the everyday letters preserved among the Oxyrhynchus papyri to imperial rescripts, New Testament Epistles, fictional or pseudepigraphical letters and a wealth of missives on almost every conceivable subject. They offer us a unique insight into ancient practices in the fields of politics, literature, philosophy, medicine and many other areas. This collection presents a series of case studies in ancient letters, ...

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Overview

The surviving body of ancient letters offers the reader a stunning variety of material, ranging from the everyday letters preserved among the Oxyrhynchus papyri to imperial rescripts, New Testament Epistles, fictional or pseudepigraphical letters and a wealth of missives on almost every conceivable subject. They offer us a unique insight into ancient practices in the fields of politics, literature, philosophy, medicine and many other areas. This collection presents a series of case studies in ancient letters, asking how each letter writer manipulates the epistolary tradition, why he chose the letter form over any other, and what effect the publication of volumes of collected letters might have had upon a reader's engagement with epistolary works. This volume is the first of its kind on ancient letters in any language, and it brings together both well-established and promising young scholars currently working in the fields of ancient literature, history, philosophy and medicine to engage in a shared debate about this most adaptable and 'interdisciplinary' of genres.

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"This is an excellent addition to recent work on ancient epistles."—David Konstan, The Classical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199203956
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2007
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Morello and A. D. Morrison arre both Lecturers in Classics at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations     xv
List of Contributors     xvi
Introduction: What is a Letter?   Roy K. Gibson   A. D. Morrison     1
Down among the Documents: Criticism and Papyrus Letters   G. O. Hutchinson     17
'... when who should walk into the room but ...': Epistoliterarity in Cicero, Ad Qfr. 3.1   John Henderson     37
Cicero's 'Stomach': Political Indignation and the Use of Repeated Allusive Expressions in Cicero's Correspondence   Stanley E. Hoffer     87
Didacticism and Epistolarity in Horace's Epistles 1   A. D. Morrison     107
The Importance of Form in Seneca's Philosophical Letters   Brad Inwood     133
Letters of Recommendation and the Rhetoric of Praise   Roger Rees     149
Confidence, Inuidia, and Pliny's Epistolary Curriculum   Ruth Morello     169
The Letter's the Thing (in Pliny, Book 7)   William Fitzgerald     191
The Epistula in Ancient Scientific and Technical Literature, with Special Reference to Medicine   D. R. Langslow     211
Back to Fronto: Doctor and Patient in his Correspondence with an Emperor   Annelise Freisenbruch     235
Alciphron's Epistolarity   Jason Konig     257
Better thanSpeech: Some Advantages of the Letter in the Second Sophistic   Owen Hodkinson     283
Mixed Messages: The Play of Epistolary Codes in Two Late Antique Latin Correspondences   Jennifer Ebbeler     301
St Patrick and the Art of Allusion   Andrew Fear     325
Appendix to Chapter 14: Epistola ad Milites Corotici, translated by David Howlett     338
Bibliography     349
Index Locorum     367
General Index     371
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