By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
The 1st referenece to letter writing happens within the first textual content of western literature, Homer's Iliad. From the very starting, Greeks have been enthusiastic letter writers, and letter writing grew to become a unique literary style. Letters have been integrated within the works of historians yet additionally they shaped the root of works of fiction, and the formal substructure for lots of different types of poem.
Patricia Rosenmeyer, an expert at the heritage of the Greek letter, assembles during this ebook a consultant collection of such 'literary letters', from Aelian and Alciphron to Philostrartus and the meant letters of Themistocles.
The booklet can be worthwhile for all scholars of Greek literature specifically these learning Greek (and Latin) letter.
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Extra resources for Ancient Greek Literary Letters: Selections in Translation
This poem is remarkable for the picture it gives us of a love letter in the process of being delivered by a dove or carrier pigeon. 9), we wonder if Anacreon’s secret message to his beloved Bathyllus will be intercepted and opened. 19) so she can ﬁnd the proper addressee and deliver her letter safely. We are left doubly disappointed: we get neither gossip for the tabloids about Anacreon’s latest beloved, nor a glimpse of an unknown poem of the master of love himself, assuming that Anacreon would, of course, send a letter in verse.
When we opened the vault where all the deceased family members were buried, on some of the platforms we saw bodies lying, and in other more ancient spots we saw bones, but on the platform where Philinnion had been placed for burial, we found only two things lying there: the guest’s iron ring and a gold-plated wine cup, both of which she’d received from Machates on their ﬁrst evening together. We were amazed and shocked; we immediately went to Demostratus’ house to discover if it was true that the corpse was laid out for all to see in the guest room.
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