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Epistolography

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Author(s): Görgemanns, Herwig (Heidelberg)
[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 Hermēneías 224). Such letters were shared within the recipient's circle of friends, they were shared with acquaintances, enjoyed and praised (Synes. Epist. 101; Lib. Ep. 1583 W…
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