By Paola Ceccarelli
During this quantity, Ceccarelli bargains a historical past of the improvement of letter writing in historic Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic interval. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, instead of other kinds of conversation and writing, the quantity seems to be at documentary letters, but in addition strains the function of embedded letters within the texts of the traditional historians, in drama, and within the speeches of the orators.
While a letter is in itself the transcription of an oral message and, as such, should be both honest or deceitful, letters obtained adverse connotations within the 5th century, in particular while used for transactions in regards to the public and never the personal sphere. seen because the software of tyrants or close to jap kings, those adverse connotations have been glaring particularly in Athens the place comedy and tragedy testified to an underlying problem with epistolary verbal exchange. In different components of the Greek international, similar to Sparta or Crete, the letter could have been noticeable as an unproblematic device for coping with public guidelines, with inscriptions documenting the professional use of letters not just by way of the Hellenistic kings, but additionally via a few poleis.
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Stern (New York, 1953), 229). 10 Introduction distance and closeness is to be viewed as a distinctive factor of epistolary communication that can be spun both ways and that leaves traces at the textual level. 33 It is this situation that is so often exploited in narratives, for instance in the novel; in the ancient world, the time needed for a letter to reach its destination meant that this gap would actually often play an extremely important role. Finally, speciﬁc formal elements permit the deﬁnition of a text as a letter; among them, the most important is the introductory formula, naming sender and addressee.
21, but when the moment comes she recites the catalogue of names from the pinax, l. 22. 56 Drama: see below, chs. 3. 3. 1 and 5. 1. Herodotus uses deltos in 7. 239 for the letter sent by Demaratus to Sparta; the Second Platonic Letter presents itself as a deltos (2. 312d). v. 57 ÌïºýâäØïí too is not speciﬁc: it is used for instance for the accounts of the temple of Nemesis in Rhamnous;58 and Pausanias (9. 31. 4) states that the Boeotians living around the Helicon showed him a ìüºıâäïí damaged by time, close to the spring on which Hesiod’s Erga were inscribed.
239 for the letter sent by Demaratus to Sparta; the Second Platonic Letter presents itself as a deltos (2. 312d). v. 57 ÌïºýâäØïí too is not speciﬁc: it is used for instance for the accounts of the temple of Nemesis in Rhamnous;58 and Pausanias (9. 31. 4) states that the Boeotians living around the Helicon showed him a ìüºıâäïí damaged by time, close to the spring on which Hesiod’s Erga were inscribed. 59 All these terms of course are not speciﬁc to letters; they may serve to indicate almost any type of written documents, including letters.