By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
This e-book bargains the 1st finished examine using imaginary letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus. through imaginary letters, it potential letters written within the voice of one other, and both inserted right into a narrative (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), or comprising a free-standing assortment (e.g. the Greek love letter collections of the Imperial Roman period). The publication demanding situations the suggestion that Ovid "invented" the fictitious letter shape within the Heroides, and considers a wealth of Greek antecedents for the later eu epistolary novel culture.
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He requests the return of any tablets stored at his friend's house. We may also read between the lines of this request a gentle reprimand to a friend who has not written back. Returning to archaic times, an unusual variation on the ¯at surfaces used for letter writing is the Spartan method of sending coded messages into the ®eld. The message itself, usually some sort of military command, was written on a strip of leather rolled at an angle around a particular stick called a skutÂlh. 10 The preferred medium for letters, however, as Augustine suggested above, was papyrus, imported from Egypt, and written on with an inked reed pen.
In our own culture, we should have no trouble de®ning the object: a letter is a message, written and signed by its author, sealed, addressed, and ®nally delivered (by hand, airmail, or pony express) to an addressee. The situation calls for a letter either because the addressee is absent and could not have been communicated with otherwise, or because the writer prefers the medium of writing to communicate matters of secrecy, formality, or emotional delicacy. The letter contains an epistolary greeting, a conventional closing, and perhaps a postscript; the body of the letter may be handwritten, dictated, or typed, but the ®nal signature is usually in the writer's own hand.
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