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Epistolography
(1,752 words)

[German version]

A. Term

This term is mainly applied to literary letters; however, the transition from private letters ( Epistle) to literary ones is fluid, because even in private, correspondents aimed for a cultivated form of expression, which was also suitable for public consumption. A stylistically well-written letter was seen as a gift to its recipient (Demetrius [41], Perí Hermēneía…

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Görgemanns, Herwig (Heidelberg), “Epistolography”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e333390>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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