Download e-book for kindle: Ancient Greek Letter Writing: A Cultural History (600 BC- by Paola Ceccarelli

By Paola Ceccarelli

ISBN-10: 0199675597

ISBN-13: 9780199675593

during this quantity, Ceccarelli bargains a background of the advance of letter writing in historical Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic interval. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, in place of different kinds of verbal exchange and writing, the quantity seems to be at documentary letters, but additionally strains the function 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, might be both honest or deceitful, letters received unfavourable connotations within the 5th century, specially whilst used for transactions about the public and never the personal sphere. seen because the software of tyrants or close to jap kings, those destructive connotations have been glaring in particular in Athens the place comedy and tragedy testified to an underlying crisis with epistolary verbal exchange. In different parts of the
Greek global, reminiscent of Sparta or Crete, the letter can have been noticeable as an unproblematic device for handling public guidelines, with inscriptions documenting the authentic use of letters not just by means of the Hellenistic kings, but additionally by means of a few poleis.

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