Ancient Greek Literary Letters: Selections in Translation by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

The 1st referenece to letter writing happens within the first textual content of western literature, Homer's Iliad. From the very starting, Greeks have been enthusiastic letter writers, and letter writing grew to become a different literary style. Letters have been incorporated within the works of historians yet in addition they shaped the foundation of works of fiction, and the formal substructure for plenty of types of poem. Patricia Rosenmeyer, an expert at the heritage of the Greek letter, assembles during this booklet a consultant choice of such 'literary letters', from Aelian and Alciphron to Philostrartus and the meant letters of Themistocles. The e-book should be invaluable for all scholars of Greek literature particularly these learning Greek (and Latin) letter.

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The expense will be minimal for you, but they won’t ever forget your help in their time of need. And let me point out that you couldn’t even live in your cities if you didn’t have poor people as fellow citizens, contributing in countless ways to your happiness; nor would you have anyone to admire your wealth, if you grew rich alone, in privacy and secrecy. So let them all stare and marvel at the silver on your tables, and when you drink toasts of friendship, let them interrupt their drinking to examine the cup: guessing how much it weighs, checking the accuracy of the story depicted on it, estimating how much gold decorates the work.

9) as a love letter, supposedly sent from Ephesus to his girlfriend Elpis back home. He includes both their names in the first line of greeting in conventional epistolary manner (“Rufinus to Elpis, greetings”), and puns on the verb of address, which has a double meaning: Rufinus sends “greetings” (chairein) but wonders if Elpis can “be happy” (chairein) without him. ” The second epigram, collected in book eleven of the Greek Anthology, is attributed to Philodemus, a philosopher and poet active in the first century BCE in Rome.

So if I can manage it, I’m going to run away and come to you. This is what the letter said; it also asked her to entertain us as guests. So I walked a short distance from the sea and found the cave, which fit Homer’s description perfectly, and there was Calypso hard at work spinning wool. After she took the letter and read it through, she cried for some time, but then she invited us in as guests, fed us magnificently, and asked lots of questions about Odysseus and Penelope—what she looked like and if she was really as virtuous as Odysseus used to claim she was in the old days.

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