Ancient Greek Letter Writing: A Cultural History (600 BC- by Paola Ceccarelli PDF

By Paola Ceccarelli

ISBN-10: 0199675597

ISBN-13: 9780199675593

during this quantity, Ceccarelli bargains a heritage of the improvement of letter writing in historical Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic interval. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, in preference to other kinds of communique and writing, the quantity appears to be like at documentary letters, but additionally strains the position of embedded letters within the texts of the traditional historians, in drama, and within the speeches of the orators.

While a letter is in itself the transcription of an oral message and, as such, should be both fair or deceitful, letters bought adverse connotations within the 5th century, particularly whilst used for transactions in regards to the public and never the personal sphere. considered because the tool of tyrants or close to japanese kings, those damaging connotations have been obtrusive particularly in Athens the place comedy and tragedy testified to an underlying trouble with epistolary communique. In different parts of the
Greek global, comparable to Sparta or Crete, the letter could have been obvious as an unproblematic software for handling public regulations, with inscriptions documenting the reliable use of letters not just by way of the Hellenistic kings, but additionally via a few poleis.

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