Life and Letters in the Ancient Greek World

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Mai 2012



This survey of Greek letter writing from a well-known and respected author introduces students to the whole range of letter writing in the Greek world, and its problems. Greeks wrote letters to each other for business and diplomatic purposes, as teacher to pupil, and as addresses to the wider world.


Preface 1. Greek Letters: an introduction - The form and function of the Greek letter, Writing and sending, The materials of letter writing, Ancient theory and practice - teaching and learning, The sources of letters - 2. Personal and Family Letters 3. Business Letters 4. Letters of State 5. The Letter as Tract 6. Greek Letters in the Early Christian Church 7. Letters in Greek Literature Notes. List of abbreviations. Dates in the papyrus letters. Map - Egypt and "The Fayyum". Collection of papyri and ostraca referred to in the text. Bibliography of works cited. Index


'After a handy introduction ... Muir guides his reader round each kind of letter in turn in a sequence of carefully shaped chapters, moving sure-footedly between vivid particulars and illuminating generalisation, with a particularly sharp eye for the varied ways in which Hellenism expresses itself in epistolary form. The greatest delight of this book however, is the generous quantity of elegantly translated quotation with which chapter is enriched, allowing the reader his or her own direct contact with the letters and their writers and worlds ... It is impossible not to be hooked by one or another of this extraordinarily varied gallery of perspectives, if not by all of them in turn.' - The Anglo-Hellenic Review
EAN: 9780415518376
ISBN: 0415518377
Untertitel: 'Routledge Monographs in Classi'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2012
Seitenanzahl: 258 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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