Epistolary Narratives in Ancient Greek Literature (Mnemosyne, Supplements 359)

Epistolary Narratives in Ancient Greek Literature (Mnemosyne, Supplements 359)

By: Owen Hodkinson (editor), Patricia A. Rosenmeyer (editor), Evelien Bracke (editor)Hardback

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The literary letter was one of the most versatile and popular forms of writing in Greek antiquity, yet one of the least widely studied today. The use of the letter within narrative or as narrative medium is something which the Ancient Greek literary tradition established as central to the western world (especially through the letters of Plato, Hippocrates and the Christian epistolographers). This volume presents detailed literary readings of a wide range of Greek literary letter collections. By comparison of the various narrative strategies taken within Greek epistolary texts across a range of genres, cultural backgrounds, and time periods, the volume takes a significant step towards the appreciation of Greek epistolary collections as a unique literary phenomenon.

About Author

Owen Hodkinson, D.Phil. (2009), Oxford University, is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Leeds. He has published several articles on Greek epistolary literature, and a monograph on Philostratus: Authority and Tradition in Philostratus' Heroikos (Pensa Multimedia, 2011). Patricia Rosenmeyer, Ph.D. (1987), Princeton University, is Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin. She has published widely on Greek poetry, and two books on epistolary fiction: Ancient Epistolary Fictions (Cambridge, 2001) and Ancient Greek Literary Letters (Routledge, 2006). Evelien Bracke, Ph.D. (2009), National University of Ireland, Maynooth, is currently the Latin and Greek tutor at Swansea University. Contributors: Silvio Bar, Angus Bowie, Deborah Gera, Pamela Gordon, Owen Hodkinson, Dmitri Kasprzyk, Jason Koenig, Jane McLarty, John Morgan, A.D. Morrison, Ryan Olson, Orlando Poltera, Ian Repath, P.A. Rosenmeyer, Niall Slater, Tim Whitmarsh


Acknowledgments Introduction, Owen Hodkinson and Patricia A. Rosenmeyer I. Epistolary Forms: Letters in Narrative, Letters as Narrative A. Epistolary Writing in Extended Narratives: Letters in Euripides, Herodotus, and Xenophon 1) The Appearance of Letters on Stages and Vases, Patricia A. Rosenmeyer 2) Letters in Herodotus, Angus Bowie 3) Letters in Xenophon, Deborah Gera B. Correspondences of Historical Figures: Authentic and Pseudonymous 4) Narrative and Epistolarity in the `Platonic' Epistles, Andrew D. Morrison 5) Epistolary Epicureans, Pamela Gordon 6) The Letters of Euripides, Orlando Poltera II. Innovation and Experimentation in Epistolary Narratives A. Epistolarity and Other Narrative Forms: Generic Hybridity 7) Addressing Power: Fictional Letters Between Alexander and Darius, Tim Whitmarsh 8) Alciphron and the Sympotic Letter Tradition, Jason Koenig 9) Lucian's Saturnalian Epistolarity, Niall Slater B. Embedded Letters in Longer Fictions 10) Odysseus' Letter to Kalypso in Lucian's Verae Historiae, Silvio F. Bar 11) Yours Truly? Letters in Achilles Tatius, Ian Repath 12) Letters in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Dimitri Kasprzyk C. Short Stories in Epistolary Form 13) The Epistolary Ghost Story in Phlegon of Tralles, John Morgan 14) Epistolarity and Narrative in ps.-Aeschines Epistle 10, Owen Hodkinson III. Jewish and Early Christian Epistolary Narratives 15) Letters in the War between Rome and Judaea, Ryan Olson 16) The Function of the Letter Form in Christian Martyrdom Accounts, Jane Mclarty Bibliography Indices

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  • ISBN13: 9789004249608
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 412
  • ID: 9789004249608
  • weight: 753
  • ISBN10: 9004249605

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