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A. D. Morrison

The letter collections of Greco-Roman antiquity dwarf in total size all of ancient drama or epic combined, but they have received far less attention than (say) the plays of Euripides or the epics of Homer or Virgil. Although classicists have long realised the crucial importance of the order and arrangement of poems into ‘poetry books’ for the reading and reception both of individual poems and the collection as a whole, the importance of order and arrangement in collections of letters and the consequences for their interpretation have long been neglected. This piece explores some of the most important Greek letter collections, such as the Letters attributed to Plato, and examines some of the key problems in studying and editing collections of such ancient letters.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Mark Jordan

Christian obedience. A formal alternative to monastic diagnosis appears in the philosophic self-writing of ancient letters. He emphasises how ordinary the telling is: ‘recital of daily banality, recital of correct and incorrect actions, of the regime observed, of the physical and mental exercises to which one has given oneself’. 36 He quotes at

in Foucault’s theatres
A case study from Counter-Reformation Spain
Katrina B. Olds

Castilian, he copied epigraphic specimens in Arabic and, in one case, in Hebrew (with varying degrees of fidelity; see fig. 67, a sketch of Hebrew letters atop the Tower of Cazalilla, and fig. 68, a rendering of Runic (?), Arabic and Latin inscriptions, from top to bottom, as found in and near Baeza). Among the coins, Ximena Jurado separated out the Greco-Roman specimens from those with ‘ancient letters that are no longer used in Spain’, which included thirty-two coins and a small silver cup with Runic letters (fig. 69, which depicts an urn ‘discovered near the village of

in Local antiquities, local identities