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Ancient epistolary fictions : the letter in Greek literature

Author: Patricia A Rosenmeyer
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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"This book offers a 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia A Rosenmeyer
ISBN: 0521800048 9780521800044 0521028949 9780521028943
OCLC Number: 44427284
Description: x, 370 p. ; 24 cm.
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.
Responsibility: Patricia A. Rosenmeyer.
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