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By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

A entire examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It comprises either embedded epistolary narratives in numerous genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting completely of letters, corresponding to the pseudonymous letter collections and the invented letters of the second one Sophistic. The e-book demanding situations the thought that Ovid 'invented' the fictitious letter shape in his Heroides and considers a wealth of Greek antecedents for the later ecu epistolary novel culture. Epistolary method regularly problematizes the limits among fictionality and fact. according to a strategy of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a building, no longer a mirrored image, of fact. the writer bypasses the query of sincerity for a detailed examine epistolary self-representation, the functionality of the letter shape and the character of the connection among author and reader in a variety of old Greek texts.

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