Greek Fictional Letters
By (author) C. D. N. Costa
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Greek Fictional Letters by C. D. N. Costa
Book DescriptionThe book explores a relatively unfamiliar and under-appreciated area of Greek literature, imaginary letters written between about 100 BC and 500 AD. They are imaginary or fictional either because both writer and recipient are invented, or because they are attributed to real historical characters. In the latter group, the real authors are unknown, whereas we know at least the names of those in the first group. Letter writing, real and fictional, was an important activity in this period, which was also the time that the sophists or professional rhetoricians were very influential in the political and educational life particularly of the Greek east. Many of our authors clearly were sophists practising their skills, especially in character portrayal. This selection opens a window on an attractive, lively, and often amusing area in the history of Greek prose. All the letters are translated, and the commentaries provide both grammatical help and background information.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199245468
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author C. D. N. Costa
Selected Dialogues, Paperback (August 2009)
The Greek satirist Lucian was a brilliantly entertaining writer who invented the comic dialogue as a vehicle for satiric comment. This lively new translation is both accurate and idiomatic, and the introduction highlights Lucian's importance in his own and later times.
Lucian, Hardback (December 2005)
Presents a selection of pieces by the Greek satirist, Lucian. This is a translation of fourteen of Lucian's dialogues, offering a cross-section of his styles and satirical targets, from serious polemic ("Alexander", "Peregrinus") to lighter squibs and character-portrayals ("Dialogues of the Courtesans").
Greek Fictional Letters, Hardback (January 2002)» View all books by C. D. N. Costa
This is a selection of translated letters that reveal an unfamiliar side of Greek literature. Many of them are light-hearted and funny, and describe the lives of ordinary people - fishermen, farmers, courtesans. Others look at more serious and philosophical aspects of life. Notes offer help to both expert and less informed readers.
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Author Biography - C. D. N. Costa
Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Birmingham
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