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By Paola Ceccarelli

during this quantity, Ceccarelli deals a background of the advance of letter writing in historic Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic interval. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, in place of other kinds of verbal exchange and writing, the quantity seems to be at documentary letters, but in addition 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, will be both fair or deceitful, letters received adverse connotations within the 5th century, particularly whilst used for transactions in regards to the public and never the non-public sphere. considered because the device of tyrants or close to jap kings, those damaging connotations have been obtrusive specifically in Athens the place comedy and tragedy testified to an underlying main issue with epistolary verbal exchange. In different parts of the
Greek global, akin to Sparta or Crete, the letter could have been noticeable as an unproblematic software for coping with public regulations, with inscriptions documenting the professional use of letters not just through the Hellenistic kings, but in addition through a few poleis.

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