Material Aspects of Letter Writing in the Graeco-Roman World: 500 BC - AD 300

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Abstract

Ancient letters had formatting and stylistic conventions that were carefully respected by their writers. This book provides the first comprehensive study of these conventions based on a wide corpus of letters surviving on their original material substrates primarily from Graeco-Roman Egypt. It elucidates and contextualises the impact of sociocultural phenomena on stylistic variations over a long period in the history of epistolary practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publisherde Gruyter, Walter GmbH & Co
Number of pages388
ISBN (Electronic)9783110426953, 9783110423488
ISBN (Print)9783110426946
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Publication series

NameMateriale Textkulturen [Material Text Cultures]
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Volume12
ISSN (Electronic)2198-6932

Keywords

  • letters
  • epistolography
  • palaeography
  • papyrus
  • Graeco-Roman Egypt

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