Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography

Hardcover | July 7, 2007

EditorRuth Morello, A. D. Morrison

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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 everyconceivable 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, whyhe 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 andpromising 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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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 everyconceivable subject. They offer us a unique insigh...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 7, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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R. K. Gibson and A. D. Morrison: Introduction: What is a letter?1. G. O. Hutchinson: Down among the documents: criticism and papyrus letters2. John Henderson: `... when who should walk into the room but': epistoliterarity in Cicero, Ad Qfr 3.13. Stanley E. Hoffer: Cicero's `stomach': political indignation and the use of repeated allusive expressions in Cicero's correspondence4. A. D. Morrison: Didacticism and epistolarity in Horace's Epistles 15. Brad Inwood: The importance of form in Seneca's philosophical letters6. Roger Rees: Letters of recommendation and the rhetoric of praise7. Ruth Morello: Confidence, inuidia, and Pliny's epistolary curriculum8. William Fitzgerald: The letter's the thing (in Pliny, Book 7)9. D. R. Langslow: The Epistula in ancient scientific and technical literature, with special reference to medicine10. Annelise Freisenbruch: Back to Fronto: doctor and patient in his correspondence with an emperor11. Jason Konig: Alciphron's epistolarity12. Owen Hodkinson: Better than speech: some advantages of the letter in the Second Sophistic13. Jennifer Ebbeler: Mixed messages: the play of epistolary codes in two late antique Latin correspondences14. Andrew Fear: St Patrick and the art of allusion