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By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

ISBN-10: 0521028949

ISBN-13: 9780521028943

ISBN-10: 0521800048

ISBN-13: 9780521800044

A accomplished examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It contains either embedded epistolary narratives in quite a few genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting completely of letters, equivalent to the pseudonymous letter collections and the invented letters of the second one Sophistic. The e-book demanding situations the concept 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 constantly problematizes the limits among fictionality and truth. in response to a means of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a building, 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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