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By Paola Ceccarelli

during this quantity, Ceccarelli bargains a heritage of the advance of letter writing in historic Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic interval. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, rather than other kinds of communique and writing, the quantity seems at documentary letters, but additionally 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, might be both fair or deceitful, letters got unfavourable connotations within the 5th century, specially while used for transactions about the public and never the personal sphere. considered because the tool of tyrants or close to jap kings, those destructive connotations have been obvious in particular in Athens the place comedy and tragedy testified to an underlying hindrance with epistolary verbal exchange. In different parts of the
Greek global, reminiscent of Sparta or Crete, the letter can have been obvious as an unproblematic tool for handling public regulations, with inscriptions documenting the respectable use of letters not just through the Hellenistic kings, but in addition via a few poleis.

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