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Material Aspects of Letter Writing in the Graeco-Roman World. c. 500 BC – c. AD 300

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen [Material Text Cultures] ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110426953 9783110423488 Year: Volume: 12 Pages: viii, 388 DOI: 10.1515/9783110426953 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History
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Letter writing was widespread in the Graeco-Roman world, as indicated by the large number of surviving letters and their extensive coverage of all social categories. Despite a large amount of work that has been done on the topic of ancient epistolography, material and formatting conventions have remained underexplored, mainly due to the difficulty of accessing images of letters in the past. Thanks to the increasing availability of digital images and the appearance of more detailed and sophisticated editions, we are now in a position to study such aspects.This book examines the development of letter writing conventions from the archaic to Roman times, and is based on a wide corpus of letters that survive on their original material substrates. The bulk of the material is from Egypt, but the study takes account of comparative evidence from other regions of the Graeco-Roman world. Through analysis of developments in the use of letters, variations in formatting conventions, layout and authentication patterns according to the sociocultural background and communicational needs of writers, this book sheds light on changing trends in epistolary practice in Graeco-Roman society over a period of roughly eight hundred years.

Le lettere di Dante. Ambienti culturali, contesti storici e circolazione dei saperi

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Book Series: Toscana Bilingue. Storia sociale della traduzione medievale / Bilingualism in Medieval Tuscany ISSN: 2627-9762 ISBN: 9783110590661 Year: Volume: 2 Pages: 636 DOI: 10.1515/9783110590661 Language: Italian / English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Notwithstanding an impressive amount of secondary literature, an exhaustive study has been never devoted to the twelve letters written by Dante Alighieri after his banishment from Florence (1302–1315). This book answers to this important need of Dante Studies, offering an important tool for the increasing community of specialists interested in Dante’s works and posterity linked to the seventh centenary of his death (2021). A section is devoted to study in depth the theory and practice of the dictamen of the age in relationship with the concrete style of Dante’s texts. A preliminary overview is provided by Latin Philologists and Paleographers on the subject of the manuscript trasmission envisaging the problems dealing with the critical editions of the texts. Example of political communication realized by a layman, the papers gathered in this volume intend to offer a new reading and interpretation of these important letters, studying them in their socio-cultural context.

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