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Letters and communities : studies in the socio-political dimensions of ancient epistolography

Author: Paola Ceccarelli
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In the ancient world, letter-writing not only forged connections between individuals, but also helped to construct and cultivate group-identities and communities. This volume explores the interrelation of epistolary communication and socio-political practice across four key cultural configurations: Greece, Rome, Judaism, and Christianity.
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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paola Ceccarelli
ISBN: 9780198804208 0198804202
OCLC Number: 1039983064
Description: viii, 373 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / Paola Ceccarelli, Lutz Doering, Thorsten Fögen, and Ingo Gildenhard --
Part A: Theory and practice of epistolary communication. 1. Ancient approaches to letter-writing and the configuration of communities through epistles / Thorsten Fögen --
2. Couriers and conventions in Cicero's epostolary network / Bianca-Jeanette Schröder --
Part B: Configurations of power and epistolary communication : from Greece to Rome. 3. Tyrants, letters, and legitimacy / Sian Lewis --
4. Powers in dialogue: the letters and diagrammata of Macedonian kings to local communities / Manuela Mari --
5. Letters and decrees: diplomatic protocols in the Hellenistic period / Paola Ceccarelli --
6. Letters, diplomacy, and the Roman conquest of Greece / Robin Osborne --
7. A republic in letters: epistolary communities in Cicero's correspondence, 49-44 BCE / Ingo Gildenhard --
Part C: Letters and communities in ancient Judaism and early Christianity. 8. The literacy and ideological character of the letters in Ezra 4-7 / Sebastian Grätz --
9. 'From me, Jerusalem, the Holy City, to you Alexandria in Egypt, my sister...' (Bavli Sanhedrin 107b): the role of letters in power relations between 'centre' and 'periphery' in Judaism in the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Islamic periods / Philip Alexander --
10. Configuring addressee communities in ancient Jewish letters: the case of the epistle of Baruch (2 Baruch 78-86) / Lutz Doering --
11. The letters of Paul and the construction of early Christian networks / John M. G. Barclay --
12. The communities configured in the letter of James / Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr --
Part D: Envoi. 13. Conversing with the absent, corresponding with the dead: friendship and philosophical community in Seneca's letters / Catharine Edwards.
Other Titles: Letters & communities
Responsibility: edited by Paola Ceccarelli, Lutz Doering, Thorsten Fögen, and Ingo Gildenhard.

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