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The gift of correspondence in classical Rome : friendship in Cicero's Ad familiares and Seneca's Moral epistles

Author: Amanda Wilcox
Publisher: Madison : The University of Wisconsin Press, ©2012.
Series: Wisconsin studies in classics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Amanda Wilcox offers an innovative approach to two major collections of Roman letters - Cicero's Ad Familiares and Seneca's Moral Epistles - informed by modern cross-cultural theories of gift-giving. By viewing letters and the practice of correspondence as a species of gift exchange, Wilcox provides a nuanced analysis of neglected and misunderstood aspects of Roman epistolary rhetoric and the social dynamics of  Read more...
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(DLC) 2011042653
Named Person: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amanda Wilcox
ISBN: 9780299288334 0299288331 1283692198 9781283692199
OCLC Number: 859673317
Description: 1 online resource (216 pages).
Series Title: Wisconsin studies in classics.
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"Amanda Wilcox offers an innovative approach to two major collections of Roman letters - Cicero's Ad Familiares and Seneca's Moral Epistles - informed by modern cross-cultural theories of gift-giving. By viewing letters and the practice of correspondence as a species of gift exchange, Wilcox provides a nuanced analysis of neglected and misunderstood aspects of Roman epistolary rhetoric and the social dynamics of friendship in Cicero's correspondence. Turning to Seneca, she shows that he both inherited and reacted against Cicero's euphemistic rhetoric and social practices, and she analyzes how Seneca transformed the rhetoric of his own letters from an instrument of social negotiation into an idiom for ethical philosophy and self-reflection. Though Cicero and Seneca are often viewed as a study in contrasts, Wilcox extensively compares their letters, underscoring Cicero's significant influence on Seneca as a prose stylist, philosopher, and public figure."--Project Muse.

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