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By Paola Ceccarelli

During this quantity, Ceccarelli bargains a background of the improvement of letter writing in historical Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic interval. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, in preference to other kinds of communique and writing, the quantity seems to be at documentary letters, but in addition lines the position of embedded letters within the texts of the traditional historians, in drama, and within the speeches of the orators.

While a letter is in itself the transcription of an oral message and, as such, could be both fair or deceitful, letters got destructive connotations within the 5th century, in particular while used for transactions about the public and never the non-public sphere. seen because the device of tyrants or close to japanese kings, those detrimental connotations have been obtrusive in particular in Athens the place comedy and tragedy testified to an underlying quandary with epistolary verbal exchange. In different components of the Greek global, equivalent to Sparta or Crete, the letter could have been visible as an unproblematic device for coping with public regulations, with inscriptions documenting the reputable use of letters not just by way of the Hellenistic kings, but in addition by way of a few poleis.

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