By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

ISBN-10: 0521028949

ISBN-13: 9780521028943

ISBN-10: 0521800048

ISBN-13: 9780521800044

A complete examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It comprises either embedded epistolary narratives in quite a few 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 publication 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 procedure continually problematizes the limits among fictionality and fact. according to a technique of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a development, now not a mirrored image, of fact. the writer bypasses the query of sincerity for an in depth 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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