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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity$
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Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.001.0001

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When the dead speak: the refashioning of Ignatius of Antioch in the long recension of his letters

When the dead speak: the refashioning of Ignatius of Antioch in the long recension of his letters

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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity
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Mark Edwards

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.003.0013

This chapter examines the ‘long recension’ of the corpus of letters attributed to the early second-century Christian bishop Ignatius of Antioch. The ‘long recension’, now generally agreed to be a spurious addition to Ignatius’ genuine letters, alters the text of the genuine letters and adds new letters to new correspondents. Three purposes for the forgery may be imagined: first, for entertainment; second, to show that Ignatius was orthodox at a time when his status was in doubt; third, to invoke Ignatius’ authority in some then-current debate. This chapter argues that there is evidence for all three motives, and examines related questions, such as how this example of Christian pseudepigraphy differs from others, and to what degree it requires that the reader be deceived.

Keywords:   Ignatius of Antioch, Church Fathers, pseudepigraphy

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