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By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

A accomplished examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It contains either embedded epistolary narratives in a number of genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting exclusively of letters, equivalent to the pseudonymous letter collections and the invented letters of the second one Sophistic. The publication demanding situations the concept that Ovid 'invented' the fictitious letter shape in his Heroides and considers a wealth of Greek antecedents for the later ecu epistolary novel culture. Epistolary process continuously problematizes the bounds among fictionality and truth. in response to a strategy of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a building, no longer a mirrored image, of fact. the writer bypasses the query of sincerity for an in depth examine epistolary self-representation, the functionality of the letter shape and the character of the connection among author and reader in quite a lot of historic Greek texts.

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