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By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

ISBN-10: 041528550X

ISBN-13: 9780415285506

The 1st referenece to letter writing happens within the first textual content of western literature, Homer's Iliad. From the very starting, Greeks have been enthusiastic letter writers, and letter writing grew to become a different literary style. Letters have been incorporated within the works of historians yet additionally they shaped the foundation of works of fiction, and the formal substructure for plenty of types of poem. Patricia Rosenmeyer, an expert at the background of the Greek letter, assembles during this ebook a consultant number of such 'literary letters', from Aelian and Alciphron to Philostrartus and the intended letters of Themistocles. The e-book should be important for all scholars of Greek literature specially these learning Greek (and Latin) letter.

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The Hellenistic selections below are from drama, epigram, and lyric poetry. Antiphanes’ comedy Sappho comes from the fourth century BCE, and survives only in fragments. We know that Antiphanes, as a practitioner of Middle Comedy (after Aristophanes and before Menander), was both prolific and successful on stage in Athens, but we rely mostly on citations in the prose compiler Athenaeus (ca. 200 CE) for our extant passages. I chose this bit not for its outward form, since it is not actually epistolary in shape at all, but for its content.

Russell 1983: 1–39). ” (Anderson 1993: 52). The authors of this period transferred favorite themes and devices from epideictic rhetoric to the written page. Some continued to embed their letters in other narrative forms, as their classical forebears had done; we will read examples of this approach in the chapter below. Others, like the anonymous author of Chion of Heraclea, removed the narrative frame and wrote a series of connected letters that could be read as a novella; and yet others chose to write collections of single letters in the voices of other people, whether historical (“Plato”) or invented (“an Athenian farmer”).

As it is, you dine extravagantly behind closed doors, and if every now and then you’re willing to invite one of them in, the party brings more misery than good fun, and you try hard to find 35 LETTERS OF THE SECOND SOPHISTIC 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio ways to insult them. It’s pretty nasty, for example, when you don’t let them drink the same quality wine as you do, by Heracles. I suppose you could fault them for not just getting up in the middle of it and going home, leaving the party entirely to you.

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