Ancient Epistolary Fictions: The Letter in Greek Literature by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

This publication bargains the 1st accomplished examine using imaginary letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus. through imaginary letters, it capability letters written within the voice of one other, and both inserted right into a narrative (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), or comprising a free-standing assortment (e.g. the Greek love letter collections of the Imperial Roman period). The booklet demanding situations the thought that Ovid "invented" the fictitious letter shape within the Heroides, and considers a wealth of Greek antecedents for the later eu epistolary novel culture.

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131; Xen. 8; Ar. Lys. 991 (with an obscene allusion to its similarity to an erect penis); Plu. Lys. 19. '' Hdt. 58 mentions papyrus; see Hdt. 35 for his ``living'' parchment. 12 Ussher (1988) 1576. 24 Epistolarity: an introduction government messengers. But private letters were excluded from this system, and a letter writer without the ®nancial means to dispatch his own slave depended primarily on travellers going in the right direction, or merchants plying a regular route on land or sea. Delivery was by no means guaranteed: a letter writer could expect delays on account of bad weather, accidents, or untrustworthy couriers.

The message itself, usually some sort of military command, was written on a strip of leather rolled at an angle around a particular stick called a skut—Âlh. 10 The preferred medium for letters, however, as Augustine suggested above, was papyrus, imported from Egypt, and written on with an inked reed pen. The papyrus ®bers were treated, pasted together and polished to form a smooth writing surface, and then folded, rolled, tied up and sealed to ensure privacy. Papyrus letters carried an address on the outside, and occasionally the date of the sending.

He rejects all the nice manners his parents have been trying to teach him: shaking hands, saying hello politely, wishing people good health, and writing letters. If his father proceeds on the trip without him, threatens Theon, he will never receive a letter from his son again. Most commentators focus on the childish usages and bumpy syntax of Theon's Greek, and imagine the letter as a document of ``popular speech,'' a transcription of a conversation. But even in this basic message, a piece of epistolary blackmail, the young Theon shows a startling familiarity with epistolary convention.

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