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By Ruth Morello, A. D. Morrison

The surviving physique of old letters bargains the reader a beautiful number of fabric, starting from the standard letters preserved one of the Oxyrhynchus papyri to imperial rescripts, New testomony Epistles, fictional or pseudepigraphical letters and a wealth of missives on nearly each a possibility topic. they give us a distinct perception into historic practices within the fields of politics, literature, philosophy, drugs and lots of different parts. This assortment offers a chain of case reviews in old letters, asking how each one letter author manipulates the epistolary culture, why he selected the letter shape over the other, and what influence the booklet of volumes of accumulated letters may need had upon a reader's engagement with epistolary works. This quantity is the 1st of its style on historical letters in any language, and it brings jointly either well-established and promising younger students at present operating within the fields of historic literature, historical past, philosophy and medication to interact in a shared debate approximately this such a lot adaptable and 'interdisciplinary' of genres.

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The transition operates within an epistolary form of continuous utterance, not a formally signposted declamatory exposition. ) Whether or not the letter was drafted Wrst, deliberation and address appear on a larger and a smaller scale. 20 Yet eVective manipulation of language need not be so close to the milieux of education and formal rhetoric. A pair of letters will illustrate some of the complexities here. POxy. XLVIII 3396–7 (4th cent. ad) form part of an archive of documents (3384–429) belonging to a family heavily engaged in Wnancial aVairs, and particularly in the collection of taxes.

However, his use of language needs careful deWnition. Some of his expressions have been thought ‘rather literary’. Their absence from other documentary papyri could be altered by new Wnds; in any case, wider usage needs to be investigated. Thus the phrase ‘not to see even from a distance’, ìçäš Kî Iðüðôïı . . NäåEí (27) is twice used of exile in a way which suggests it is a technical or standard phrase in that context. It also occurs in Philodemus, a writer of circulated literature, but not particularly recherche´ in language.

1 P. Scipionem, Marce Wli, eum, qui primus Africanus appellatus est, dicere solitum scripsit Cato . . Marcus my son, Cato wrote that Publius Scipio, the one Wrst surnamed Africanus, was accustomed to say . . 121 habes a patre munus, Marce Wli Here you have a present, Marcus my son, from your father . . 32 All translations of Cicero taken or adapted from GriYn–Atkins (1991). 33 On the high visibility of Marcus in the De OYciis (already alluded to), see further Dyck (1996) 10–16, esp. 13: ‘As a father–son communication, OV.

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