Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Epistolography
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A. Introduction

The Humanist letter is perhaps the quintessential literary genre of Renaissance Humanism and certainly one of its most important sources. Like the Renaissance, Antiquity defined the letter as a form of "conversation with absent [friends]" (cum absentibus sermo, Ambr. Epist. 7,48,1) [7]; [10]; [18]; [24]; [26]; [29]; [33]. The Greeks and Romans, however, were stricter in their adherence to this definition than later cultures.

The passages on epistolary style (týpoi epistolikoí, chapters 223–235) in in the important Greek treatise on literary theory, Perì hermēne…

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Almási, Gábor (Budapest), “Epistolography”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004860>
First published online: 2015



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