Late Antique Letter Collections: A Critical Introduction and Reference Guide

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Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, Edward J. Watts
Univ of California Press, Nov 19, 2019 - Literary Criticism - 488 pages
Bringing together an international team of historians, classicists, and scholars of religion, this volume provides the first comprehensive overview of the extant Greek and Latin letter collections of late antiquity (ca. 300–600 c.e.). Each chapter addresses a major collection of Greek or Latin literary letters, introducing the social and textual histories of each collection and examining its assembly, publication, and transmission. Contributions also reveal how collections operated as discrete literary genres, with their own conventions and self-presentational agendas. This book will fundamentally change how people both read these texts and use letters to reconstruct the social history of the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries.
 

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Contents

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11
Greek Letter Collections before Late Antiquity
38
The Letter Collection of the Emperor Julian
54
The Letter Collection of Basil of Caesarea
69
The Letter Collection of Gregory of Nazianzus
81
The Letter Collection of Gregory of Nyssa
102
The Letter Collection of Libanius of Antioch
113
The Letter Collection of Ausonius
131
The Letter Collection of Paulinus of Nola
254
The Letter Collection of Theodoret of Cyrrhus
269
The Letter Collection of Isidore of Pelusium
286
The Letter Collection of Sidonius Apollinaris
309
The Letter Collection of Ruricius of Limoges
337
The Letter Collection of Avitus of Vienne
357
The Letter Collection of Ennodius of Pavia
369
The Letter Collection of Aeneas of Gaza
384

The Letter Collection of Ambrose of Milan
146
The Letter Collection of Evagrius of Pontus
161
The Letter Collection of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus
175
The Letter Collection of John Chrysostom
190
The Letter Collection of Synesius of Cyrene
205
The Letter Collections of Jerome of Stridon
221
The Letter Collection of Augustine of Hippo
239
The Letter Collection of Procopius of Gaza
394
The Letter Collection of Barsanuphius and John
418
The Letter Collection of Cassiodorus
433
Papal Letters and Letter Collections
449
List of Contributors
461
Index
469
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Cristiana Sogno is Associate Professor of Classics at Fordham University.
 
Bradley K. Storin is Assistant Professor of the Religious Studies at Louisiana State University.
 
Edward J. Watts is Professor and Alkiviadis Vassiladis Endowed Chair in Byzantine Greek History at the University of California, San Diego.

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