By Ruth Morello, A. D. Morrison
The surviving physique of old letters bargains the reader a gorgeous number of fabric, starting from the typical letters preserved one of the Oxyrhynchus papyri to imperial rescripts, New testomony Epistles, fictional or pseudepigraphical letters and a wealth of missives on virtually each a possibility topic. they provide us a different perception into historical practices within the fields of politics, literature, philosophy, medication and plenty of different parts. This assortment provides a sequence of case reports in old letters, asking how every one letter author manipulates the epistolary culture, why he selected the letter shape over the other, and what influence the ebook of volumes of gathered letters may have had upon a reader's engagement with epistolary works. This quantity is the 1st of its type on historical letters in any language, and it brings jointly either well-established and promising younger students at present operating within the fields of historic literature, background, philosophy and drugs to have interaction in a shared debate approximately this such a lot adaptable and 'interdisciplinary' of genres.
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12 The things which those who are not yet ðæÜłłïíôåł ought not to be looking after should refer to ôïýôïØł (cf. also 21–2), not the body. For other doubts on Rea’s interpretation (that students are allowed to be scruVy), see below. ½ôïfł ìÞðø __ _ ðæÜłłïíôÆł remains obscure. 13 Gonis (1997) 48 raises signiWcant objections to ‘every few days’ for ðæeł ìÝæÆł. He suggests ‘for a few days’; but here that perhaps seems unexpectedly short, when no earlier source of income has been mentioned (ôüôå ìbí ªÜæ suggests the preceding plural is generic).
1) dates from around ad 100. 3 col. 11? 10 ]. 12 ]ıôçí 5 10 15 2 For Callim. fr. , see Hutchinson (1988) 26–7, Kerkhecker (1999) ch. 6, Acosta-Hughes (2002) 288–94; for Alc. fr. 130 b Voigt, Hutchinson (2001) 204–14, with lit. at 192 n. 6. Bricks are in fact of course an important subject . . 3 Rea (1993), the fundamental treatment. Further literature on and around POxy. XVIII 2190: Kleijwegt (1971) 116–23; Turner (1975) 5–9; McGing (1995) 53–4; Schubert (1995) 184–8; Cribiore (1996) 14, (2001) 56–9, 118–23; Gonis (1997) 48; Winter (2002) ch.
On gifts in papyrus letters, cf. Ko¨nig in this volume. Down among the Documents 35 appearance of a relatively extended consolatory letter on papyrus (CPR VI 81, 3rd–4th cent. ad), and by a model letter of consolation (PHamb. IV 254, 1st–2nd cent. ad). 26 The second approach, which should surely be added, would look beyond an institutional division. We could consider more broadly the shaping of language to aVect a reader. Such an approach would leave us, not with a Wrmish division, but with an unlimited series of gradations.
Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography by Ruth Morello, A. D. Morrison