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By Paola Ceccarelli

during this quantity, Ceccarelli bargains a background of the improvement of letter writing in historic Greece from the archaic to the early Hellenistic interval. Highlighting the specificity of letter-writing, instead of different kinds of conversation and writing, the amount seems at documentary letters, but in addition lines the function 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, should be both honest or deceitful, letters obtained unfavourable connotations within the 5th century, particularly while used for transactions about the public and never the non-public sphere. seen because the software of tyrants or close to japanese kings, those unfavorable connotations have been glaring specially in Athens the place comedy and tragedy testified to an underlying situation with epistolary verbal exchange. In different components of the
Greek international, comparable to Sparta or Crete, the letter can have been noticeable as an unproblematic tool for handling public regulations, with inscriptions documenting the reliable use of letters not just by way of the Hellenistic kings, but in addition via a few poleis.

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