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The Resource The letters of Alciphron, Aelian, and Philostratus, with an English translation by A.R. Benner and F.H. Fobes, (electronic book)

The letters of Alciphron, Aelian, and Philostratus, with an English translation by A.R. Benner and F.H. Fobes, (electronic book)

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The letters of Alciphron, Aelian, and Philostratus
Title
The letters of Alciphron, Aelian, and Philostratus
Statement of responsibility
with an English translation by A.R. Benner and F.H. Fobes
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Language
  • eng
  • grc
  • grc
  • eng
Summary
The fictitious, highly literary Letters of Alciphron (second century CE) are mostly to invented characters. Letters of Farmers by Aelian (c. 170-235 CE) portray the country ways of their imagined writers. The Erotic Epistles of Philostratus (perhaps born c. 170 CE) resemble and may have been influenced by those of Alciphron.
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MaCbHUP
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Alciphron
Language note
Text in Greek with English translation on facing pages
LC call number
PA3612
LC item number
.A435 2014
Literary form
letters
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • active 3rd century
  • active 2nd century-3rd century
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  • Aelian
  • Philostratus
  • Benner, Allen Rogers
  • Fobes, Francis H.
Series statement
Loeb Classical Library
Series volume
383
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Greek letters
Summary expansion
The Letters of Alciphron (second century CE) constitute one of the most attractive products of the Second Sophistic. They are fictitious compositions based on an astonishingly wide variety of circumstances, though the theme of erotic love is constantly sounded. The imagination shown by the author and his convincing realism win him a place of distinction in the early development of romantic prose. The letters, which are highly literary, owing much to the New Comedy of Menander, purport to give us a sketch of the social life of Athens in the fourth century BCE. The collection is arranged in four divisions: Letters of Fishermen; Farmers; Parasites; Courtesans. Senders and addressees are mostly invented characters, but in the last section Alciphron presents us with several attempts at historical fiction, the most engaging being an exchange of letters between Menander and Glycera. This volume also includes twenty Letters of Farmers ascribed to Aelian (c.170-235 CE) and a collection of seventy-three Erotic Epistles of Philostratus (probably Flavius of that name, also born c. 170 CE). In style and subject matter these resemble those of Alciphron, by whom they may have been influenced
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general
Label
The letters of Alciphron, Aelian, and Philostratus, with an English translation by A.R. Benner and F.H. Fobes, (electronic book)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographies and indexes
Color
multicolored
Control code
hup0000483
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674994218
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The letters of Alciphron, Aelian, and Philostratus, with an English translation by A.R. Benner and F.H. Fobes, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographies and indexes
Color
multicolored
Control code
hup0000483
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674994218
Specific material designation
remote

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