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 turned a different literary style. Letters have been incorporated within the works of historians yet additionally they shaped the root of works of fiction, and the formal substructure for lots of varieties of poem. Patricia Rosenmeyer, an expert at the historical past of the Greek letter, assembles during this booklet a consultant choice of such 'literary letters', from Aelian and Alciphron to Philostrartus and the intended letters of Themistocles. The ebook could be priceless for all scholars of Greek literature specifically these learning Greek (and Latin) letter.
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As she peeked in, the mother thought she recognized her daughter’s clothes and the outlines of her face, but since she couldn’t be sure she was right, she decided to keep quiet. She was hoping to get up early the next morning and catch the girl, or, if she was too late for that, to question Machates about the whole thing, since she didn’t think he would lie about something so important. So she silently crept back to her room. At dawn, however, it turned out that the girl, either on her own or with divine help, had slipped away without anyone noticing.
But Machates, the guest who was visited by the ghost, sank into a severe depression and took his own life. If you think it’s a good idea to write to the king about these events, write to me, too, so that I can send you one of the people who was closely involved in ﬁnding out the truth of the matter. Farewell. ] [Mithridates said] “I think you just don’t understand what Eros is like—he’s a god who loves deception and trickery. So ﬁrst you should try sending a letter to Callirhoe to ﬁnd out if she remembers you and wants to leave Dionysius or ‘wants to strengthen the house of the man who marries her’ [Hom.
Dionysius happened to be entertaining the most illustrious of his citizens. The feast was splendid: there were ﬂutes playing and songs being sung. In the middle of this someone handed him a letter: Greetings from Bias, general of Priene, to his benefactor Dionysius. Wicked slaves stole these gifts and letters en route for you from Mithridates, governer of Caria. I arrested them and have sent them on to you. Dionysius read the letter in the middle of the party, noting with pleasure the mention of royal gifts.