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Ancient Greek Literary Letters : Selections in Translation - Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

Ancient Greek Literary Letters

Selections in Translation

Paperback Published: 30th January 2006
ISBN: 9780415285513
Number Of Pages: 168

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What was it about epistolarity that appealed so strongly to the Greek imagination?
The first reference in Greek literature to a letter occurs in our oldest extant Greek poem, Homer's Iliad. But letters can be found lurking in every corner of ancient Greek writing. This book aims to bring the literary letters themselves into clear view for contemporary readers. Many ancient writers included letters in other narrative genres: Euripides brought letters on stage; historians included letters as documents; Greek novelists sprinkled their stories with letters exchanged between separated lovers; and epigrammatists played with the epigram as letter. By the second and third centuries CE, many centuries after Homer's epics, imaginative letters evolved into an established genre in their own right: Aelian and Alciphron excelled in epistolary impersonations, imitating the voices of the lower classes, and collecting their letters in anthologies; Philostratus emerged as a master of epistolary spin, taking one theme and subtly tweaking it in half a dozen letters to different addressees; and anonymous writers competed with one another in their particular form of ghostwriting for the rich and famous.
Arranged chronologically, with introductory sections for each time period, this book studies this wide range of writers, genres and literary levels and suggests that there is more to a letter than just the information it communicates. Epistolary context is just as important as content, as will be rediscovered by Ovid, Richardson, Laclos, and a whole host of later European writers. Patricia A. Rosenmeyer has chosen a highly entertaining selection, which include translation of previously inaccessible or untranslated works, and deftly opens up a neglected area of study to provide an enjoyable and significant survey for students of Greek epistolography.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Classical Greek literary lettersp. 11
Introductionp. 11
Classical Greek literary letters: the textsp. 15
Euripidesp. 15
Herodotusp. 18
Thucydidesp. 20
Xenophonp. 21
Hellenistic literary lettersp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Hellenistic literary letters: the textsp. 26
Antiphanesp. 26
"The Greek Anthology": Rufinus and Philodemusp. 27
"Anacreontea"p. 27
Letters and prose fictions of the Second Sophisticp. 29
Introductionp. 29
Letters and prose fictions of the Second Sophistic: the textsp. 34
Lucianp. 34
Phlegon of Tralleisp. 38
Charitonp. 41
Achilles Tatiusp. 44
"The Story of Apollonius King of Tyre"p. 45
The epistolary novellap. 48
Introductionp. 48
The epistolary novella: the textsp. 56
"The Letters of Themistocles"p. 56
"Chion of Heraclea"p. 82
Pseudo-historical letter collections of the Second Sophisticp. 97
Introductionp. 97
Pseudo-historical letter collections of the Second Sophistic: the textsp. 103
Aeschinesp. 103
Anacharsisp. 105
Apolloniusp. 108
Demosthenesp. 110
Diogenesp. 112
Hippocrates and Democritusp. 113
Isocratesp. 117
Platop. 119
Socrates and the Socraticsp. 123
"Letters of the seven sages": Solon and Thalesp. 127
Invented correspondences, imaginary voicesp. 130
Introductionp. 130
Invented correspondences, imaginary voices: the textsp. 138
Aelianp. 138
Alciphronp. 141
Philostratusp. 157
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780415285513
ISBN-10: 0415285518
Series: Routledge Classical Translations
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 30th January 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 14.22  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1