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Ancient LettersClassical and Late Antique Epistolography$
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Ruth Morello and A. D. Morrison

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203956.001.0001

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The Epistula in Ancient Scientific and Technical Literature, with Special Reference to Medicine *

The Epistula in Ancient Scientific and Technical Literature, with Special Reference to Medicine *

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(p.211) 9 The Epistula in Ancient Scientific and Technical Literature, with Special Reference to Medicine*
Source:
Ancient Letters
Author(s):

D. R. Langslow

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203956.003.0010

This chapter offers a critical survey of a selection of ancient letters which form part of scientific and technical literature, and considers certain particular questions under the following four, interrelated, headings: the content of the letter, with regard to its ostensible purpose, and its subject-matter, length, and degree of technicality; the identity and standing of the letter's professed author and recipient; the function of the letter-form; and the style of the letter. Both Greek and Latin letters are examined, along with testimonia and surviving examples. The emphasis throughout is on epistulae relating in some way to (human) medicine or medical texts, but comparisons and contrasts are drawn with letters transmitted in the context of other technical disciplines and with letters of other types altogether.

Keywords:   epistula, medicine, ancient letters, scientific literature, technical literature, epistolarity

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