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By Paola Ceccarelli

during this quantity, Ceccarelli bargains a heritage of the improvement of letter writing in historical Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic interval. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, in preference to other kinds of communique and writing, the amount seems at documentary letters, but in addition strains 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, will be both honest or deceitful, letters received adverse connotations within the 5th century, in particular whilst used for transactions about the public and never the non-public sphere. considered because the software of tyrants or close to jap kings, those damaging connotations have been glaring specifically in Athens the place comedy and tragedy testified to an underlying problem with epistolary verbal exchange. In different components of the
Greek global, akin to Sparta or Crete, the letter could have been obvious as an unproblematic software for dealing with public rules, with inscriptions documenting the legit use of letters not just via the Hellenistic kings, but in addition through a few poleis.

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