Ancient Epistolary Fictions: The Letter in Greek Literature by Patricia A. RosenmeyerAncient Epistolary Fictions: The Letter in Greek Literature by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

Ancient Epistolary Fictions: The Letter in Greek Literature

byPatricia A. Rosenmeyer

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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This book offers the first comprehensive look at the use of imaginary letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus. By imaginary letters, it means letters written in the voice of another, and either inserted into a narrative (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), or comprising a free-standing collection (e.g. the Greek love letter collections of the Imperial Roman period). The book challenges the notion that Ovid "invented" the fictional letter form in the Heroides, and considers a wealth of Greek antecedents for the later European epistolary novel tradition.
Title:Ancient Epistolary Fictions: The Letter in Greek LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521028949

ISBN - 13:9780521028943


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Prologue; Part I. Epistolarity: An Introduction: 1. A culture of letter writing; Part II. Epistolary Fictions: 2. Homer: the father of letters; 3. Letters in the historians; 4. Staging letters: embedded letters in Euripides; 5. Letters in Hellenistic poetry; Part III. The Epistolary Novel: 6. Embedded letters in the Greek novel; 7. The Alexander Romance; 8. Pseudonymous letter collections; 9. Chion of Heraclea: an epistolary novel; Part IV. Epistolography in the Second Sophistic: 10. The Letters of Alciphron; 11. Aelian's Rustic Letters; 12. The Erotic Epistles of Philostratus; Afterword; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"After reading Rosenmeyer's book I realized how much my studies of epistolary fiction in the early modern period had underestimated the importance of Greek models. As Rosenmeyer demonstrates, virtually every epistolary theme we are familiar with found its first use in a Greek text."
Thomas O. Beebee, Comparative Literature Studies