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Ancient Greek Letter Writing: A Cultural History (600 BC- 150 BC)

Paola Ceccarelli


The book offers a history of the development of letter writing in ancient Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic period. At the end of the fifth and beginning of the fourth century a turning point in epistolography takes place, as an epistolary language appropriate to, and standard for, private communication is developed. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, as opposed to other forms of communication and writing, the volume looks at documentary letters, but also traces the role of embedded letters in the texts of the ancient historians, in drama, and in the speeches of the ... More

Keywords: letter writing, epistolography, Greek historians, Athenian drama, tragedy, comedy, orators, Greek inscriptions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199675593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paola Ceccarelli, author
Fellow in Classics, Newnham College, University of Cambridge