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By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

A complete examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It comprises either embedded epistolary narratives in a number of genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting completely of letters, similar to the pseudonymous letter collections and the invented letters of the second one Sophistic. The ebook demanding situations the idea that Ovid 'invented' the fictitious letter shape in his Heroides and considers a wealth of Greek antecedents for the later eu epistolary novel culture. Epistolary process constantly problematizes the limits among fictionality and truth. according to a means of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a development, no longer a mirrored image, of truth. 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 quite a lot of historical Greek texts.

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