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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 Hermēneías 224). …

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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 28 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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