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The Culture of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society

Adrian Gully

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748633739
eISBN:
9780748653133
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633739.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Writing letters was an important component of intellectual life in the Middle Islamic period, telling us much about the cultural history of pre-modern Islamic society. This book offers an analysis of ... More


End of a Series: Death in Epistolary Time

James Ker

in The Deaths of Seneca

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195387032
eISBN:
9780199866793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387032.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter shows how the Epistulae morales, with their serialized habit of meditatio mortis (“death rehearsal”), create an interpretive framework for Seneca's death. Amid Seneca's innovative uses ... More


Late Antique Letter Collections: A Critical Introduction and Reference Guide

Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, and Edward J. Watts (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520281448
eISBN:
9780520966192
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281448.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of the extant Greek and Latin letter collections of late antiquity (ca. 300-600 C.E.). Bringing together an international team of historians, ... More


The rules of politeness and Latin request formulae

Eleanor Dickey

in Laws and Rules in Indo‐European

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199609925
eISBN:
9780191741579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609925.003.0017
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter tests the practical usefulness of four theoretical frameworks that have been proposed for the analysis of linguistic politeness: those of Brown and Levinson, Watts, Terkourafi, and Hall. ... More


Letters and Communities: Studies in the Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography

Paola Ceccarelli, Lutz Doering, Thorsten Fögen, and Ingo Gildenhard (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198804208
eISBN:
9780191842405
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804208.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The writing of letters often evokes associations of a single author and a single addressee, who share in the exchange of intimate thoughts across distances of space and time. This model underwrites ... More


The Foundations of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society

Adrian Gully

in The Culture of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748633739
eISBN:
9780748653133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633739.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The epistle as a representation of Arabic literary genres has a long history. Historical and literary sources abound with samples of letters believed to have been exchanged during the early Islamic ... More


Epistolary Prose, Poetry and Oratory: Essentials of the Debate

Adrian Gully

in The Culture of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748633739
eISBN:
9780748653133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633739.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The prominence of epistolography prose has remained because it was effectively guaranteed by a debate that attempted to justify the superiority of prose over poetry, and to a lesser extent, prose ... More


Introduction Greek and Latin Epistolography and Epistolary Collections in Late Antiquity

Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, and Edward J. Watts

in Late Antique Letter Collections: A Critical Introduction and Reference Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520281448
eISBN:
9780520966192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281448.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter introduces the reader to the book as a whole. The volume establishes a few basic starting points for interpreting late antique letters and letter collections. First, it rejects the ... More


Ancient Greek Letter Writing: A Cultural History (600 BC- 150 BC)

Paola Ceccarelli

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199675593
eISBN:
9780191757174
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675593.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The book offers a history of the development of letter writing in ancient Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic period. At the end of the fifth and beginning of the fourth century a ... More


State Correspondence in the Ancient World: From New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire

Karen Radner (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199354771
eISBN:
9780199354795
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This book’s central thesis is simple: long-distance communication plays a key role in the cohesion and stability of early states and in turn, these states invest heavily in long-term communication ... More


Hellenistic Oratory and Paul of Tarsus

Stanley E. Porter

in Hellenistic Oratory: Continuity and Change

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199654314
eISBN:
9780191751370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654314.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter first evaluates the older and current trends in New Testament rhetorical criticism before examining how the Hellenistic rhetorical culture of Greece and Rome influenced one of the most ... More


A Menandrian Interlude: Alciphron and Old Comedy in Epistolary Form

Anna Peterson

in Laughter on the Fringes: The Reception of Old Comedy in the Imperial Greek World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190697099
eISBN:
9780190697129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190697099.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Alciphron’s collection of 123 fictional letters recreate in miniature the world of Menandrian New Comedy. Three of these letters, however, involve a basic scenario that is reminiscent of Clouds: ... More


Letters

Caroline Bishop

in Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198829423
eISBN:
9780191867941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829423.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter hypothesizes about the nature of Cicero’s planned but never published letter collection, and argues that Cicero was inspired both by Greek epistolary theory and by Greek letter ... More


The Publication of Pliny’s Letters

John Bodel

in Pliny the Book-Maker: Betting on Posterity in the Epistles

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198729464
eISBN:
9780191796357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729464.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the interrelated questions of the mode and sequence of publication of Pliny’s letters and argues that signs of artistic arrangement within and among the individual books point ... More


Introduction

Paola Ceccarelli, Lutz Doering, Thorsten Fögen, and Ingo Gildenhard

in Letters and Communities: Studies in the Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198804208
eISBN:
9780191842405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804208.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Introduction surveys scholarly work on letter-writing in the ancient world. While generally of a high standard and often interdisciplinary in nature, bridging such fields as Near Eastern and ... More


Ancient Approaches to Letter-Writing and the Configuration of Communities through Epistles

Thorsten Fögen

in Letters and Communities: Studies in the Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198804208
eISBN:
9780191842405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804208.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter explores reflections on the practice of letter-writing, with equal attention to instructional handbooks (esp. Demetrius’ Περὶ ἑρμηνείας‎, Iulius Victor’s Rhetorica, Pseudo-Demetrius’ ... More


The Medieval Image, II

Thomas Nail

in Theory of the Image

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190924034
eISBN:
9780190924065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190924034.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter continues the thesis of Chapter 10 in demonstrating that a kinesthetic shift occurred in the arts from a centrifugal to a more tensional pattern of motion over the course of the Middle ... More


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